RE: Lanvin SS09

Credits photo: Marcio Madeira, Greg Kessler, Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse. 

Painting & artwork: Alize Morand

Flamboyant colours, draped satin and feminine chic. 

A collection displaying mainly dresses, about 30 strong yet soft dresses in beautiful cuts, fabrics and colours, could not let me indifferent.

Alber Elbaz is a real master who understands women’s body shapes and styles and builds a dress as an architect: it can fit many different women and still look unique.

With a simple set of rules, he offered a timeless collection, as a cousin of Paul Smith: classic with a twist. And that still looks utterly modern. 

Very bold colours and cuts were quieten down by simple accessories or neutral basics (if there is such thing with Lanvin): a classic puffy black skirt with a bold draped yellow or red satin top or an asymmetric pleated dress in three shades of blue.

Also a few statement shoes and necklaces, but matching the colours of the outfit. And the ‘not more than 3 different colours in the same outfit‘ rule, brightening a black ensemble with deep red or crystal embellishments. And keeping it simple with a classic bun, one piece of jewellery at a time and smoky eyes on nude make-up. No layers, crazy platforms or funky prints: just luxury and strong items. Very elegant, feminine and Parisian. 

A very sophisticated collection made of a few highly covetable pieces, with a spontaneous feel to it, particularly at the end, when models walked down the runway sporting blue and purple leopard dresses, oversized crystal-studded glasses, bright coral necklaces and flower embroidery. 

The references to the Fall/Winter 08 collection were here: from large pendants with ribbons to chic bun to sleek and glamourous black ensembles cinched by narrow black belts. But more colours for summers. And more opulence for glamour, gorgeousness and good mood. Did Alber forget anything? What else could we ask for? Early summer maybe?

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