Lanvin Fall 2012 Review

Alber Elbaz celebrated 10 years at Lanvin with his fall 2012 collection. And in typical Elbaz/Lanvin style he celebrated women-and excess. The collection opened with a series of startlingly-hued dresses in daffodil, raspberry, and grape. That grape look was extraordinary in the way it was moulded to the model's body. The collection was a reinterpretation of Alber's modern-day codes for Lanvin: fur, epic jewels, gloves, a big sleeve, and moody colour. It seems Alber has no intention of going elsewhere so it'll be interesting to see if he continues in this same trajectory or he'll follow the 'if it aint broke' school of thought.

Christian Dior Fall 2012 Review

Fashion is a business and just because Dior is without a star designer doesn't mean they close up shop until they find one. The show must go on and it's disappointing to see Dior put into this strange design limbo where it is quite obvious that the current head designer Bill Gaytten has been instructed to design pretty, clean, saleable clothes. On the other hand, the clothes were so mind-numbingly boring that they're acting like a palate cleanser for the brand because the memory of John Galliano is something the executives at Dior are intent on erasing. So what better way to do that than have lovely belted tunics over pleated silk skirts? It was a fashion sedative. Hopefully by the end of fashion week Dior will have announced their new designer because collections like this don't belong on a runway in Paris.