“We’re all about an elegant look,” Alber Elbaz said backstage atLanvin’s men’s show, his wingman Lucas Ossendrijver nodding approvingly.But then he quickly added that fashion shouldn’t be too perfect,idealized or overly stylized. “It has to look good in life,” Elbaz said.

The show was mainly about tailoring worn in an offhand way, andsportswear — done in the swanky couture fabrics that Elbaz introduced tothe men’s universe — given a dressy spin.

Gangly young modelspassed through a set of doors propped on the runway and headed offpurposefully, most of them lugging some rugged, useful bag and lookingsuave enough to wear the same outfit through their nighttime activities.

The elongated drape jackets, loose trousers, Whipstitch trim and inkycolors gave the show a Teddy Boy twang. Lustrous blousons, spongytrenchcoats and parkas were worn with tailored pants for more of asoigné take on casual, even if they were paired with aerodynamicsneakers.

The show climaxed with a series of languid looks injacquard fabrics, in step with the season’s pajamalike mood, thoughfamiliar to the Lanvin universe. Elbaz said he has no problem dialingback the pace of change. “Men are pretty stable,” he shrugged, “even ifthey’re in fashion.”

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