09 March 2009

VIDEO: Falling in love with Lanvin’s ladies

Last week at Paris Fashion Week we bumped into Jade and Bianca Jagger in the Lanvin store, sharing some mother/daughter quality time and shopping for outfits to wear to the A/W '09 show. So no surprise then that they had the pap flashes popping as they sat front row enjoying the pre-show cocktails and chocolate-covered cherries served by waiters in white bow ties.
 
The show was fashion catnip to the weary fash pack (now on week four of the international collections circuit). From the moment the curtains opened to reveal huge stark industrial space and doorway covered in bright red roses we were hooked. Lanvin's creative director Alber Elbaz is the master of heavenly clothes that real women (albeit real women with plenty of cash to splash) want to wear. This season the vibe was fiercer than previously – day dresses were more structured, studs and beading featured heavily. There was hardly any of the bright hues we have come to associate with Lanvin either and even the jewellery (which doubled up futuristic necklaces) felt tougher and more edgy. But Lanvin's DNA shone through regardless. The collection was chic, elegant and so, so beautiful. Even the most jaded of the fashion hacks left the show smiling. And that's quite an achievement.
 
What Grazia loved:
 
All of it! But if we have to narrow it down...
 
The black coat with beaded hem and panels

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The super-skinny leather over-the-knee boots and the navy patent spindle heel ankle boots.

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The oyster satin biased cut gown worn by Karlie Kloss.

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The black feather head pieces.

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The chunky, slightly awkward looking necklaces (especially when they were doubled up)

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The sumptuous black velvet one-shoulder cocktail dress

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- Siobhan Mallen 

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