Monday, 24 August 2015

"Lived-in" Luxurious Attitude by LANVIN Pre-Fall 2015

For his pre-fall showing, Alber Elbaz outfitted the Lanvin design studio on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré with a trio of well-worn velvet sofas, floral paintings, chunky ashtrays, a napping goldfish, and a taxidermied cat.

Enjoy the LANVIN Pre-Fall 2015 | The Making of video during this post! LoL, Andrea 

His intention was to transform one of Paris’s chicest ateliers into “grandma’s house” because “comfort” in his view, “is something that we’re lacking.” It was a clever and timely response to the vast, rapid, and often alienating way that fashion is produced, discussed, and consumed in a globally minded, digitally enabled world. Elbaz wanted to remind those assembled a small clutch of editors that fashion is ultimately not about the frontiers of technology and scale; that it all boils downs to “a thread, a needle, a seamstress.”

And what have those seamstresses stitched up for the brand? Elbaz presented fifteen looks, all with a certain “lived-in” luxurious attitude: sumptuous textures and generous proportions, eclectically composed. A short sheath in rose brocade under a gleaming metallic duffle was finished with leopard-print loafers and bag. A softly nipped, curvaceous tuxedo jacket topped mega-slouchy men’s trousers in a blown-up suiting plaid. The best dress (from a house known for great ones)? A glistening floral jacquard sack: seasonless and chic with heels or flats, tights or not ... possibly your new best friend that might live in your closet.

One might be tempted to see two distinct women in the collection: a festival-minded starlet Suki Waterhouse, say who favors rosy-hued fluff and wears stockings with jeweled sneakers, and her downbeat yet elegant older counterpart who wants a red-carpet-worthy “smoking” dress that slips on easy as a T-shirt. But that would be missing Elbaz’s point: The confidence to be comfortable, to be intimate, is a question more of temperament than age. Think of the many looks of Emma Stone, who often wears Lanvin with a fearless brilliance. Grandma’s house (Lanvin turns 126 this year) has surprisingly relevant cupboards.

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Photo Credit/Source: The House of LANVIN

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