Sunday, 13 January 2013

Crystal Flower Embroideries by LANVIN Pre-Fall 2013


“You’re not going to hear the word minimalism on a Monday morning soon after Christmas,” Alber Elbaz said at his pre-fall presentation, in his ever-delightful lilt. Whether he was alluding to the maximalism of the holidays from which most of us are recovering or just commenting on the ubiquity of the word in recent seasons, he did stick to it for the most part. 


This collection was, as the designer later quipped, a veritable zoo of tiger, leopard, and zebra prints splashed across calf-hair coats and T-shirt–style dresses that were also embellished with chunky black and white jewels in graphic daisy patterns. It carried that sort of animal magnetism that Elbaz can do so well-keeping the sensuality grown-up and sophisticated, be it through muted colors or very fine fabrics. It was a lot, as promised, but rarely too much.

Yet for every wild stripe and spot, there were quieter pieces that, apologies to Elbaz, did have that minimalist vibe. Which is great because that’s how women live not always a glamazon nor always subdued, but going about their multifaceted days somewhere in between, and needing a wardrobe that suits. The dark wool coats were solid and strong, especially a navy wraparound that could easily become a go-to. And the stoic heather gray vest was the right blend of lightness and substance for a transitional season. This all being said, the brightest moment, in every sense of the word, was the last look: a strapless, red bouclé dress adorned with a single crystal flower.

Selections by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories 
 Photo Credit/Source: Courtesy of LANVIN

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