Lanvin starts anew for Spring 2013
After the all-out Alber Elbaz-a-thon for his 10th anniversary at Lanvin last season, it was time for a fresh beginning for Spring 2013.
"It had to be, after the last ten years," the designer told Style.com. "A new start. I start again."
To begin at the beginning, the Lanvin show was held at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. The classicism and Greco-Roman architecture of the pretty building was an inspiration for Elbaz. Right away we saw the architectural shapes that had captivated him on the runway. To further the "classicism" of the collection, black and white were used heavily. Black was really the star, in a truly interesting array of textures - no boring flat black here. But leave it to Elbaz to subvert the trend by interspersing beigy-neutrals in some looks. He also expertly used exposed skin as a graphic element in the color-contrast play that made the collection so visually sharp.
But it wasn't all black and white. As we've seen from other designers (Mugler comes to mind), jewel tones are making a big appearance for Spring 2013. Lanvin's softly shiny satins came in saturated teals, magenta, rust and purple. Sometimes the colors were paired with black but they looked more modern on their own or paired with a contrasting shade. The shapes were feminine and voluminous enough to avoid a color-blocking comparison.
This collection definitely got us excited for 10 more years of Lanvin.