Alber Elbaz showed his latest collection for Lanvin as part of Paris Fashion Week on Friday, and much like after every time we watch one of the designer's runway presentations, we hope one of two things happens: either we see the dresses on Julianne Moore at a movie premiere (plausible) or we hear Alber is teaming up with H&M again for another fast fashion collection and we find the frocks magically awaiting us on the rack at our local store and live happily ever after. The end. (Hey, never say never!)
Models, their faces shrouded by the wide-brim hats that have swept runways here, strutted in black dresses adorned at the neck or sleeves by oversized metal hardware. Perhaps it was all that metal, or perhaps it was because we couldn't see their faces, but there was something menacing about those looks that made you worry these molls might just pull a knife on you.
Then came the minimalist gowns, one-shoulder numbers in washed silk that seemed somehow integral, whole, like they were too hermetic and pure to be scarred as anything as pedestrian as a seam. And then, a rainbow of flouncy cocktail dresses in poppy red, fuchsia and shocking pink. In classic Lanvin style, they sprouted oversized, rounded ruffles and raw-seamed paneling that fluttered down the models' backs.
Nary a pair of pants was to be seen, and outerwear, too, made itself scarce.
Take a look at Alber's newest creations and tell us what you think.