Amongst the merry-go-round of the current resort presentations, the Lanvin collection was a mash-up of Alber Elbaz’s greatest hits for the brand - with a relaxed vibe over all. As always, Lanvin is super luxe, but without any stiffness or impractical body squeezing, instead looking soft and flowy and comfortable.
From giant billowing harem trousers, to Alber Elbaz’s sparky illustrated printed tees to cropped boxy little jackets to metallic eveningwear. One nifty minidress was constructed entirely of long fringes in a spectrum of rusty reds and oranges. We hardly need to add that sunglasses and MASSES of clackety jewellery were piled on to accessorize.
THEN! As an encore to the resort collection, the curtain was whisked back to reveal the latest obsession: childrenswear! (little girls, or petite filles, to be exact). Yep – for the clientele who can either trust their children not to spill or smear their party frock with anything (or who are too wealthy to care) get your chequebooks at the ready! (We think the clothes will be out at the end of 2011). Poufy, princessy and unashamedly cute, Alber’s parade of mini models took to the runway clutching colourful balloons. Cute alert indeed!
And, because round-ups always need at least three items, we’d like you to join us in wishing M. Elbaz a very happy birthday indeed – a big one because he turned 50! Happy Birthday! He was feted by what looks like a huge number of fashionista friends for dinner, all wearing Lanvin-esque colourful corsages made out of tissue paper in his honour. Here are Amy Fine Collins, Iris Apfel and Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo at a Sunday night surprise party for their beloved Alber at the Boathouse in New York! All told, anything would have been an improvement on his last year's anniversaire, when apparently the cake ended up on the floor of a loney hotel room where Alber was spending it toute seule! Ah.
- Naomi Attwood