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Lanvin Spring 2012 Runway Review

Alber Elbaz designs for women. Even if his silhouettes are tight or shapes odd, he always designs with a woman’s natural shape in mind. It’s this, paired with his indisputable talent, which keeps Lanvin ahead of the pack when it comes to actually pleasing his customers. When asked of his inspiration for the season, Elbaz spouted a tale of an angel in hell who has ended up back on earth. As far-fetched as it may seem, you can see the soft lines of an angel paired with the serpent coiled around her neck and the story comes to life. This season we saw the moody side of Lanvin, with a power dressing appeal and a surprisingly dark palette considering it’s for spring. Winking seams, slashed front blouses, and tight pencil skirts gave a nod to risqué office wear and were followed by a set of Grecian draped dresses with sheer skirts that will no doubt be lined in production.

It’s unusual to see a Lanvin collection heavy on separates but this season we saw killer trousers, skirts, and wearable tops. It’s almost as if Elbaz was answering an unspoken call from his hopeful clients asking for pieces with the same construction quality of his dresses to wear during the day. Rumors swirled that Elbaz was in the running for the big job at Dior, but let’s hope he stays right where he is because it works.