Aside from Givenchy’s Riccardo Ticci, Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz is the designer whose name is most often mentioned as a possible replacement for John Galliano at Dior. As of now, Elbaz insists he isn’t going anywhere, but has also added that he has not yet been approached. One thing is for sure, were he to depart it would be a major loss for Lanvin.
Elbaz works with contrasting volumes and proportions like no other, and nowhere was this more evident than in the slew of stunning Fall 2011 cocktail dresses the designer presented. Clean and refined, each of the dresses had its own unique silhouette created by sculpted details including side pleats, ballooning shoulders, or oversized collars, and more. Sure the cocktail dresses weren’t a particularly notable departure from what we already know Elbaz can do, but the designer manages to consistently show cohesive collections that stay true to his vision and never feel repetitive.
A reoccurring floral theme made for other memorable looks including an oversized white rose printed on a black dress and the theme also found its way onto a slew of rose-inspired jewelry including metallic cuffs and necklaces, making for the ultimate lineup of wearable statement dresses.
Dresses aside, capes, fitted jackets, coats, skirts, wide-brimmed hat, and statement jewelry rounded out the beautiful lineup that certainly proved Elbaz would be ready to take on the job of fronting both Dior’s ready to wear and the house’s couture line.
Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.