Alber Elbaz understands a woman better than any other male designer alive. Elbaz’s designs for Lanvin are everything a woman wants when she gets dressed: elegant, beautiful, sophisticated, and simple. Only Alber can design pieces that at first glance appear streamline and neat, but closer up the artistic and technical excellence are apparent thanks to his “cutting the fat” approach toward designing. Alber’s latest collection for Lanvin was inspired by a trip to Buenos Ares, where he was inspired by the unique dressing of the women there. The Latin eroticism of Argentina is apparent throughout the collection, opening with a black dress, which featured a single constructed ruffle. The structured LBD transformed into sexy suits, tuxedo dresses, and jumpsuits; flaunting Alber’s extraordinary talent for incorporating masculine construction and influences in a very feminine way.
The starting themes of masculinity quickly gave way to much more feminine clothing the minute the first pink chiffon dress hit the catwalk. Pinks were followed by yellows, organzas, peaches, nudes, and other colourful that evoked youth and optimism wearable for any age. However, bright colours did not take away from the effortless construction of the dresses; leather dresses appeared as light as their chiffon counterparts. Pleats, draping and ruffles on dresses were always sleek and sexy, never over-the-top. If you weren’t stunned by the astounding clothing yet, Alber had one more trick up his sleeve. Great fantasies of the ancient antiquity danced through the closing few dresses, which look like draped cloth from Cleopatra’s lost tomb, featuring exquisite beading, jewellery shaped like statues and sculptures and Grecian draping. After another stellar collection, the question remains: Can Alber Elbaz do no wrong? After the jump are my favourite looks from the collection!