Very few collections get so much anticipation as Lanvin’s, especially when it comes to the Lanvin spring/summer ready-to-wear ones. One of the Paris Fashion Week’s most iconic runway show, the Lanvin spring/summer 2017 collection was filled with even more anticipation and expectations, as it was creative director Bouchra Jarrar’s first show with the French mansion.
Showcased at the majestic Hôtel de Ville in Paris, Jarrar’s first-ever Lanvin spring/summer 2017 line-up was all about elegance and flowy fabrics, such as silk and satin, with purely feminine looks alternating the more mannish-inspired ones. Even when appropriating menswear patterns, Bouchra Jarrar managed to keep everything polished to the nines, perfectly encapsulating Lanvin’s essence in an astounding 49-piece line.
As perfectly summed up in the show’s notes, in fact, Bouchra Jarrar has been “building clothes around the body, unveiling and veiling the silhouette,” to “cross boarders between femininity and masculinity.”
In doing so, she somehow managed to keep a strong, sensual synergy between both the masculine and feminine worlds, with voluminous lines and lightweight fabrics that caress the bodies being at the core of the entire collection. Although not structured in lines or cuts, Lanvin’s spring/summer 2017 collection was indeed structured in its runway show, with Bouchra Jarrar choosing to showcase her pieces in blocks of heavily coherent features.
Overall neutral in palette, aside from a bright blue recurring pattern, seen both within the garments and accessories, the Lanvin spring/summer 2017 line-up’s first part is all about white suits, either worn with striped button-down tunics, or more heavily accessorized with ties, floral appliqués or even military-inspired brooches. The second part of the collection was, on the other hand, more urban-inspired, with sleek materials being used to create ultra-confident total-black looks.
The collection’s third part was, however, the most risqué, with see-through bright blue patterns sensually baring the models’ skins (we saw a similar material yesterday, in the Saint Laurent spring/summer 2017 collection).
The forth and firth sections got back to the patterns of the first and second parts accordingly, just to evolve them in their most urban-chic and haute couture way. While the forth part let Bouchra Jarrar experiment with big floral patterns, loungewear-inspired pieces and even more androgynous looks, the collection’s fifth section was specifically meant to take us on a fancy night out, with floor-length evening dresses dominating the scene.
As usual when it comes to Lanvin, the collection treated us to particularly appealing accessories, especially seen in the shoe line. Although focusing on high heels, Jarrar took the time to create ultra-chic, super-cozy beaded flat sandals, the elegant embroideries of which are already on everyone’s lips.
Such a variegated, yet elegantly and meticulously coherent collection was then surely enhanced by the cast of the models of the moment – Sasha Pivovarova, Imaan Hammam, Guinevere van Seenus, Arizona Muse, Liu Wen, and Karlie Kloss, who surely helped Jarrar feel even more confident of her grandiose debut with Lanvin.
Photos courtesy of Vogue