Lanvin Spring Summer 2012 Review

Each season is never terribly surprising. There's always an 80's vibe to his work. Big shoulders, flashy costume jewelry and bags, single-sleeved dresses. For spring Alber Elbaz went dark. He ditched the sparkly jewel tones and went for a palette of mostly black, taupe, white and grey. He hopped on the digital printing bandwagon and had snakes appear on shirts and pants.
I love that he still creates movement and space around the body. This is something he continues to push every season with varying results. The opening skirts were a sexy new look for Lanvin but there were still intentional folds of puckered fabric for an added touch of comfort. The waists on the skirts curved like the lip of an urn and looked beautiful. The built up shoulders of some dresses had both a strength and a softness to them. He wasn't trying to create a false or convincingly strong shoulder because when you look closely at it you can see it is spongy.

The most remarkable look was a black pencil skirt with a deceptively simple-looking draped top. The neckline looks like it is collapsing on itself, almost like a vase on a potters wheel falling apart.


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