Alber Elbaz sure does know how to put a spring in everyone’s Parisian step. You’d have been hard-pushed to find someone not smiling, foot-tapping or head-still-nodding after his show this evening – one that went back to his Moroccan roots (he was born in Casablanca) with verve and flair, and will have had women already compiling a mental shopping list to save up for before they even left the show venue.
It was a beautiful collection full of seductive personality: wrap-slit skirts with tassels tied at the waist; floppy-but-fashioned-in-place hats; billowy gypsy dresses and blouses; gaucho layers and gorgeous knee-high boots of luxe patchwork or tarnished in gold with trousers tucked in; fringing that spiralled around skirts from waist to hem – and when it wasn’t fringing (which exploded down the seams of elbow-length gloves too), it was feathers that buoyantly bobbed.
There were supersized Tibetan-style blanket coats, and molten prairie skirts, artisanal all the way – tassels dangling, single-breasted easy trailing jackets over wonderful eclectic layers beneath. Altogether it looked great and you knew that taken apart would have the same effect too – be it that be-feathered skirt, the wrap-tied one or that pale pink wisp of a dress.
And if Madame is looking for something with a little more sparkle, then look no further than the series of severely sequin embroidered tunics, trousers, capes and caps at the end. Lanvin bling in its best form.
Last season, Lanvin’s 125th anniversary, Elbaz had kept it relatively simple – which made this collection have all the more impact. And the man himself was clearly pleased, taking a proper bow and gracing us with his presence half way down the catwalk before skipping back and turning to give us all a cheeky grin.
The clothes, the man, what’s not to love?