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Fantasy Island

Lanvin's Alber Elbaz glanced back to a Thirties glamour girl while injecting whimsy with fun embroideries and glitzy costume baubles.

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Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz glanced back to a Thirties glamour girl while injecting whimsy with fun embroideries and glitzy costume baubles. “It’s about the original idea of cruise, a fantasy vacation,” Elbaz said. One example: the playful cotton T-shirt and silk skirt combo shown here. 

This story first appeared in the June 16, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Chez Lanvin, it’s Hawaii meets the Hamptons. Well, sort of. Alber Elbaz described his cruise collection as a Frenchified take on American sportswear, with plenty of that South Fork easy allure. “But twisted Hamptons,” he noted while tucking into a bowl of sorbet to the helium strains of Dolly Parton at his Paris studio on Saturday. Shapes are light and languid, not to mention a bit Thirties with an emphasis on a new elongated silhouette for the house. Case in point: his polkadot silk gazar column gown worthy of a latter-day siren à la Jean Harlow. Add to that the designer’s cheekily embroidered T-shirt matched with a formal floor-length silk skirt and his “jogging suit for the woman who doesn’t jog” cut in sexy black silk and you get the rest of the season’s message: carefree glamour.

But, oh, the accessories: it’s “Aloha, Alber” with exotic and flamboyant — or, in his words, “screaming” — embellishments spicing up the collection. Especially notable are his versions of a luxury lei: glitzy garlands made from iridescent flowers strung on fake pearl necklaces.

PHOTOS BY DOMINIQUE MAITRE

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