Alber Elbaz described his pre-fall collection for Lanvin as “a mix of wildness and classics.” The clothes featured a variety of looks with distinctive personalities, from an animal-print wool jacquard sweatshirt to romantic red-carpet swooners. “It’s not about a concept, it’s about women; it’s about their mood, it’s about individuality,” added Elbaz. “It’s almost like everything women would want to have this season.” The designer layered up textures and fabrics with prints and jacquards, leathers and furs and a mix of shapes and cuts.
A pale gray wool and Neoprene coat with contrast collars looked clean and modern, while a tunic-style dress in black and ivory reversible crepe worked an ethnic-meets-Seventies vibe with decorative jet crystals and wooden beads. The latter was one of several pieces accented with artisanal seams and darts to graphic effect. Tailoring was clean with no unnecessary frills and borrowed from traditional men’s cuts and constructions, again with exposed innards such as darts and shoulder detail.
Key footwear included sharp-toed lace-up platform boots and a leopard-print boot with a studded clog heel. The jewelry was inspired by lost ancient cities such as Kalahari and Volubilis, featuring bold metal links, printed ponyskin and chunky crystals.