by Kayito Nwokedi
Earthy tones at Lanvin for spring? Shocker! The earthy tones at the Lanvin show was also part of the many changes noticed in the spring collection designed by Alber Elbaz. According to program notes, his inspiration came from a thought of “angels in hell”. That is if angels wore sexy slits and built up shoulders reminiscent of eighties power dressing. Elbaz calls it strength, not power. He seems to think power can be attained easily. That could be why this collection is one of Elbaz’s strongest to date. The shoulders; the somewhat unrefined sexiness, and if I might add, his triumphant tackle on separates and sportswear.
Lanvin is always about “the dress” but this time, his “Angels in Hell” theme seems to take him outside his “dress” box. Quite frankly though, the serpent print, snaking around dresses and pants seemed a bit creepy, but trust Elbaz to glam up his show with embellishments and this season, fabulous sheer dresses. With those parading at the end, any oppositions to Elbaz’s talent was rightly quieted.