Lanvin Women Autumn-Winter 2015 – This Sunday, an exhibition dedicated to Jeanne Lanvin (founder of Lanvin) opens at Paris’ Palais Galliera of which creative director; Alber Elbaz has been collaborating on to honour the oldest French fashion house still in business. The collaboration made Elbaz rethink his roots, and so he used his birthplace of Morocco to help inspire the collection.
With that in a mind there was a lingering theme of the tribal Sahara in the collection in the form of tassels, passementerie, Berber stripes, bracelets, leather harnesses, shaggy goat hair, and rays of gold. He opened the show with a boxy navy jacket paired with tuxedo-striped pants tucked into knee high boots and a tasselled rope style belt hung from the waist, giving a military flair.
Floor skimming gowns were mixed with cropped fitted blazers, feminine floral prints mixed with pinstripe two pieces, each outfit hinting a mix of femininity and masculine power. Lanvin compiled a collection that modernized the mood of time gone by and threw in an unexpected twist of a nod to sportswear in the form of a double racer stripe detail shown on trousers.
The colour palette was romantic and earthy – white, ivory, tan, golden, orange, red, navy, brown, dim grey and black. An array of lustrous fabrics were on display, feathers, silk, jersey, wool, velvet, brocade, leather, snake, fur, tassels and fringe bought the Moroccan essence to the collection to life.
Adding to the African vibe was a wrapping motif, a style we have seen in previous AW 15 collections. Elbaz likes the idea of “being hugged by fashion.” The Lanvin lady, in her refined colours, exquisite tailoring, perfect pleats, sumptuous shearlings, tassels, trimmings and asymmetrical wide-brimmed hat, is the ultimate AW15 expression of the contemporary Parisienne.
In one of his strongest Lanvin collections so far, Elbaz painted a convincing portrait of a sophistication and romanticism. It was the perfect tribute to his birthplace and roots.
Lanvin Women Autumn-Winter 2015