Friday, October 2, 2009
Lanvin 2010 Spring/Summer Collection
The goddess silhouette was in full effect at Lanvin's Spring/Summer show, as dresses draped like marble statues, falling in soft folds across the shoulder, some even evolving into a cascade down one hip were sent down the runway.
Designer Alber Elbaz’s queens of the night came to life in evening-wear, fit for an Aztec princess, Egyptian pharoah’s consort, or in this case, a Grecian goddess- dazzling poncho-style dresses, vertically-striped in blades of gold and pink beads; short dresses shimmering in jungle-green and ablaze with crystals; blood-red beads embroidered on a black vest; all-in-ones glistening with gold. The draping was glorious, beautiful, exquisite and downright regal. The drape and swathe which stamped Elbaz’s current autumn/winter collection, was still evident, seen in the single, pouf-sleeved cocktail dresses, and the sarong effects on the short skirts, whether in black or navy for day, or vibrant, tropical shades for after-dark.
Just as striking was the jewelery: waterfalls of beads, gilt and crystals which looked both like plunder from an ancient tomb and hierlooms from an attic, enveloping the neck, plunging down into the cleavage and, interestingly, sometimes hidden beneath a veil of silk chiffon or tulle.
True to the Lanvin aesthetic, it was all opulence and sumptouos fabrics. It was the sort of collection that wiped the worry about the economy away, if only for a little while; the kind that makes one very positive about the future of fashion.