Before the Lanvin Spring 2016 show, creative director Alber Elbaz shared a thoughtful message regarding the state of fashion today saying “We used to be designers. Now, we’re image-makers.” He wondered about the role of fashion as entertainment — “not complaining, just questioning” — adding, “I have to show the extremes.”
The Lanvin lineup pointed to a discordance which featured nearly 70 looks into groups of black and white, color, and “body dresses”. His first looks were purposeful, almost tough rendering of a classic: white shirt, black pants. Other exits expanded on and toyed with that austere tailoring, sometimes in concert with ballooned organza or a sleek satin mini over sleek pants.
As the collection progressed Elbaz moved into color with red-carpet-inspired goddess gowns, fanciful with allover embroideries of vibrant sparkles, one dressed down under an anorak. Decoration came in diamanté clasps and big, ribbon bows placed with disregard for symmetry.
Elbaz pushed the accessories line this season with overt prints on shoes, bags and scribbles of “Lanvin Faubourge St. Honore” across dresses and coats.