Nicolas Ghesquiere of Balenciaga asked this week "who are these women having cocktails?" It was a statement about his collection featuring mostly pants and his belief that women who wear cocktail dresses are a myth. At Lanvin, it would appear Alber Elbaz would have the answer. His spring show opened with a series of short black dresses with great curls of fabric sweeping around necklines and working their way down the side of the body. The fabric caressed the body, never hugging it as looser fitting clothes are a house code at Lanvin. There were tops that displayed Elbaz' eye for drape, some in chiffon that appeared merely placed on the models before they strutted out with their cream puff hair and single leather glove. It was just so effortless. The collection rounded out with some fuck-off costume jewelry, a jumpsuit and some dresses drizzled with gold sequins and other embellishments. There's such a realness to Elbaz' work that I don't know how any woman could resist such beautiful style and craftmanship.


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