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PARIS: LANVIN F/W 09

"I thought with my heart about what women need from fashion—dresses, suits, blouses, coats. Life isn’t just parties and lunches,” stated Alber Elbaz before the commencement of the Lanvin F/W ‘09 show. 

It was certainly evident from the first look to enter the runway that Albaz thought long and hard about what woman really need for daily living and infused it, as only Mr. Albaz can, with what women really want to include in their daily wardrobe. 

The result? A classic lesson in Parisian fashion – clothing that is timeless, effortless and utterly chic!

In an array of blacks, reds, and grays (colors that transcend time and trends), Albaz sent forth his fashion procession down a concrete runway that had been finished to resemble a non-descript city street.

The monochromatic colors came to life in velvets and wool-crepes wrapped exquisitely in bias knots, drapes, tucks, and bows; billowing tuille swirled around garments embracing the female figure. 

Furs stoles hugged the shoulders and bust, there were heavily embellished skirts and dresses with metal beading, and the resurrection of the washed charmeuse dress with exposed raw edges.

Simple, feminine silhouettes dominated the show with belted waists and a vault of jewelry and accessories.


Queue the “what women want” segment – towering platform shoes from Mary-Janes to over-the-knee leather boots, crocodile handbags with tortoise shell fastenings, luxe leather gloves, and oversized tubular necklaces and bangles which gave an “in the now feeling” to his otherwise timeless show.

As Albaz took his bow, it seemed apparent that his earlier statement of thinking about “what women need from fashion” was not just rhetoric – in this shaky economy, he deliberately designed his clothing to be investments that will transcend trends for years to come.  . . in regards to fashion, who wouldn’t invest in a Lanvin?

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.