The Scene: Rihanna, who stars in Balmain's spring ad campaign, was scheduled to come to the brand's show. She did, but unfortunately she was so late that all the guests had left by the time she got there. The singer did, however, make it on time — with a slew of bodyguards in tow — to Lanvin along with Emma Roberts.
The Inspiration: Fashion as a dream factory — extreme and extravagant, according to WWD.
The Look: True to Alber Elbaz’s inspiration, the collection was a dream (and extravagant), but in the best possible way. By sticking with a clean palette and mostly monochrome looks, the designer was able to push the envelope with his surface embellishments, which included heavy doses of fur and fringe. The collection stayed utterly wearable throughout with a number of standouts, including slinky, silk dresses, a long, pleated strapless dress, fringed tops, coats and mini dresses, cinched trenches, fur-topped jackets and separates with fur bodices.
The Accessories: Pointed flats and booties, chunky-heeled, knee-high boots, satin ankle strap wedges, fringed bags, fur clutches, leather bags with a flap created to slip an arm into and feathered hats.
The Beauty: Models' hair was pulled back and worn tightly up and they were given a dramatic black winged eye.
The Takeaway: While there's no denying that Elbaz has a knack for sculpted cocktail dresses, it was a welcome surprise to see him steer this season's collection in a new, but equally sophisticated and upbeat direction (or at least as upbeat as it gets with a dark palette).
All images: IMAXtree