“It was about purity and precision, not control or minimalism,” designer Alber Elbaz reportedly explained of his Lanvin spring/summer 2013 collection.
And when you see his stylish army of femme fatales strut the runway you really can’t argue. I mean, Alber doesn’t give you room to. Like these silhouettes, he cuts straight to the chase—there’s not a single unnecessary inch of fabric on the catwalk.
It was a strict 4x4 that served as Lanvin’s geometric template. The superbly precise clothing managed, miraculously really, to still breathe lift into what on paper probably sounds claustrophobic. However the real strength of these looks for spring is that they can carry over effortlessly into summer and fall. It’s squares for all seasons.
While the color palette was a sweeping black, sometimes white, it never came off sterile, instead always saline chic. The luxurious materials on this year’s asymmetrical tuxedo jackets, cropped with a box-cutter jackets, tailored trousers, cocktail dresses, and jumpsuits dripping in shards of glass gave the ubiquitous color a much-needed touch of noir that overall made the color feel updated which is a feat. Lanvin black is the new black.
It’s not hard to picture the sophisticated ensembles on a few starlets, maybe not on the red carpet, but doing the cable TV interview rounds, for instance. Names like Claire Danes, Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, and Kristen Chenoweth immediately come to mind.
This spring, Lanvin has written us an RSVP in cool black ink, inviting you to a classy engagement where it’s okay to be the square at the party. They give you more of an edge anyway.