Lanvin Fall 2016 RTW: First Runway Show Without Alber Elbaz

Ever since last October, when we learnt Alber Elbaz was leaving Lanvin, we have been wondering what route the Fashion House will take in future. Today evening, Lanvin Studio, the label’s in-house atelier unveiled the first ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week without Alber Elbaz at the helm, and apparently social media is reacting negatively to the Lanvin fall/winter 2016-2017 collection. We surely miss Elbaz’ elaborate and opulent designs, but certainly also love an array of designs we saw today at the show.

Lanvin Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 RTW - Paris Fashion Week

Lanvin generally has a tendency to make us want more and more and more, but really, it was a superb presentation of the 2016-2017 top looks that really made fall and winter appear immaculately stylish. The oversized blazer that the show opened with had a single button keeping it closed, shiny grey with black lapels and detailing, the nature of it showing off quite a bit of chest underneath, plunging low to the abdomen. The matching skirt had sculptured frills at the ends, only adding to its masculine meets feminine appeal.

We saw lacy blouses tucked into extra high-waists, the necks high and the hems cropped around the ankles. There were dresses with laser-cut designs that really brought a futuristic mode to the catwalk, while the peplum corset tops were rather cool unto themselves. There was a lot of shine overall, and it was easy to love that as well, for the fall and winter are generally dull and a touch of shimmer can only make things look better instead of it appearing overdone.

Throughout the Lanvin fall 2016 collection, we noticed a good amount of V cuts to the necklines, with some cleavage shown off, but not enough to appear trashy. On the contrary, it was all super classy. Midi hems that ended under mid-calf and above the ankles were common enough, while we noticed simpler cuts in general used for a more comfortable array of looks. When it comes to slits, the center appeared at least once, though we saw a good amount of slouchy pants as well that gathered around the ankles.

There were 46 different outfits shown off, with the theme seemingly being modern meets the future, while taking bits and pieces from the past. It is rather interesting how Lanvin manages to weave it all in so seamlessly, bringing in designs that encompass the embroidered and the simple, the different materials lending to each ensemble a breath of fresh air.

Ruffles in horizontal lines appear here in there, sideways cuts to the hems of blazers take over from time to time, shiny dresses give off a gala meets club air, and the furrier pieces remind us that while winter has currently reached its end, it will be starting again in a few months and we should be fashionably ready for that eventuality.

When it comes to the colors utilized here, we fall madly and deeply in love with the dusty lilac dress with the translucent skirts and the beautifully printed top region, separated by a thin white belt, a fur stole over the shoulder and a royal look to the models’ eyes. It’s as if a fairy tale princess out of a science fiction creation has come to life, more modern in appearance than the classic tales of old.

Single shoulder dresses also appear, though we have never been big fans of those. Though asymmetry is in style, general human beings are programmed to prefer the symmetrical instead. We can expect to see a few Lanvin dresses appearing here and there on the red carpets as well soon enough.

Photos courtesy of NowFashion, Vogue

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