PFW: Lanvin Spring/Summer 2011

The story of Lanvin’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collection is one where ethereal glamour meets simple tailoring. Artistic Director Alber Elbaz played with proportion by teaming fitted tops with floor-length voluminous skirts. Necks were framed with leather collars featuring bold jewels and waists cinched with broad belts. A purist, faintly masculine approach to tailoring was adopted through over-sized shirts and blazers excluding the pocketed and poppered leather outerwear. Sculpted draping added detailing and accentuated otherwise simple shapes and provided a modest cover-up over swimsuits.

Dresses were a tale of two halves, quite literally. Asymmetrical offerings consisted of two fabrics of different colours, with one arm being sleeved, the other not. Layering was rife, with the show drawing to a close with a gaggle of models suited in printed silk halter-neck dresses over gathered trousers and booted in leather studded stilettos. ‘The Three-Piece-Suit’ was reinvented: with leggings, an oversized blazer and skirt constituting Lanvin’s take on the classic.

Skirts were ruched, necklines plunging, seaming external and outfits resembled Tudor exuberance and coats of armour owing to their heavy embellishments and gun-metal hues. Skirts were often body-conscious and the collection's colours ranged from earthy, organic hues of khaki, chocolate, camel and sage to pops of vibrancy with magenta, canary and purple. Elbaz’s Collection is primarily one of clean lines, expensive colours and modern takes on classics; ensuring SS ’11 to be a chic one.

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