We’ve all seen that masculinity is trending on the runway now, but Lanvin’s spring/summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection really embraced the concept in its entirety. Alber Elbaz pushed the fashion industry’s boundaries a bit with this collection, and aimed to find the line of ready-to-wear. Naming his show “manifesto”, Elbaz literally turned the runway into a theatre yesterday night, pleasing the audience with his impeccable tailoring and one-of-a-kind design solutions.
The looks were strong, and the models were styled with hard lines and short hair. The minimalistic makeup played to this masculine theme, with the bulk of makeup being used to add a harder look to the cheekbones. Yet, femininity was far from lost in the Lanvin spring 2016 collection. The models were all dressed up for the masculine part, which was a large part of the theme in the beginning of the show, but after the first third of the show (or so), the looks began to transition to a more feminine culture.
The collection seemed to follow the general Lanvin-style black and white color scheme, with sudden red garments, and other simple-colored pieces throughout. It is a tactic that is stunning on the runway, and has worked in favor of the brand.
The second red dress of the evening turned the corner, which of course looked great on the model, but there seemed to be nothing shocking about the color, as it was shown earlier as a brief pause from black and white garments. Then the deep yellow dress hit the runway, followed by periwinkle, teal, and a shiny violet. This presentation was akin to staring at the stars against a clear night sky, and suddenly having a fireworks display come from nowhere – in other words, it was a surprise among the standard black and white, and a very welcome one at that.
The colors didn’t stop there, as after a brief pause, sparkles and electric blues were introduced as well. The collection was a busy explosion of colors and ideas, all being siphoned into one clothing line. Elbaz’s kooky approach at an off-the-wall (but still very wearable) collection is completely inane – but did I mention that we loved the whole display?
Even the seemingly unraveled garments were secretly soundly structured, as the designer wouldn’t dream of creating clothes difficult to wear for a ready-to-wear collection. He showed a tendency to present beautiful and revealing pieces, without actually revealing the models’ bodies. His low cut dresses are really supported by a nude bodysuit, covering the model to the neck. With the amount of skin on the runways for the first 2016 seasons, Lanvin has really created a unique response.
There is no way to look past the fact that the Lanvin spring/summer 2016 collection is ready-to-wear, and should be worn as soon as possible, at that. With the fun, unique perspectives the brand has provided, the looks are sure to be season showstoppers – on the streets as well as on the runway. And if you want the world to know “who you’re wearing,” Alber Elbaz has provided several looks unashamedly bearing the Lanvin name.
Photos courtesy of Lanvin