The opening four looks at Lanvin’s Spring/Summer 2015 were not typically what we’ve come to expect from the brand – instead, it was simple, scaled back, and, well, spring-y, which is both curious and remarkable for this brand. But this aesthetic didn’t last long, and soon Alber Elbaz was back to his usual self with more elaborate details, layering elements like giant statement necklace, mesh tunics, angular jackets, and drop-crotch oversized trousers together. However, most of the looks erred on the side of chic elegance, with fluid slip dresses, breezy trapeze tops, and layered frocks in shades of plum, cream, salmon, and cerulean. Before we had time to start questioning the identity of the designer once again, Elbaz changed things up with a romantic lace dress featuring a sporty collar, and echoed the motif again with jewel-tone paneling, pearl embroidery, and fringe shingles. Prints and dark brocades shifted the mood toward the romantic, but colors remained muted and dark, adding an undercurrent of edginess to the proceedings.
Luxe looks ruled for the evening, with Asiatic brocade jackets paired with glittering frocks and dresses done in blurry prints depicting spooky forest scenes. It was great to see the theatrical Alber we know and love shine through the garments again towards the end of the presentations. Although when Lanvin scales back, it’s still as preternaturally pretty as anything else emerging from the Paris runways.
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