Fashion Week wouldn’t be complete without a review of one of my favorite design houses right now. Alber Elbaz closed Paris Fashion Week with the most amazing collection of all the shows, not to mention Lanvin yet. Elbaz keeps outdoing himself and it makes me excited to see what he does for fall. I digress. This show could quite possibly be the best demonstration of fine fashion craftsmanship of all the fashion weeks this spring. The best of the best, if you will. Sorry for the love feast, but I have always loved Lanvin. As someone who appreicates the art of fashion, this show nearly made me cry it was so stunning.
The show included amazing ballooned,
toga-like draped and wrapped dresses, ostrich plumes and feathers to the extreme, trenchcoats, Parisian ‘signature’ white blouses (although with an amazing ruffled, over-the-top twist) paired with black pencil skirts, flowing long gowns, shorter gowns with beading, feathers and fringe and gorgeous hues of sapphire blue, magenta, red, emerald green, and marigold.
The last model down the runway wearing the female version of the tux that has become Elbaz’s calling card (for himself), which might have seemed odd after the array of gowns, but was actually brilliant when Elbaz’s appearance immediately followed in a very similar male version. For technical brilliance, cutting, draping, execution, and sheer excitement and anticipation, Alber scores a 10.
-Lauren Dimet Waters
Photos: NY Mag