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PARIS — Alber Elbaz’s beautiful spring collection for Lanvin had a very Parisian esprit, using the moody sophistication of the house’s heritage to make a winning statement of his own. He played with volume — one of the big...

PARIS — Alber Elbaz’s beautiful spring collection for Lanvin had a very Parisian esprit, using the moody sophistication of the house’s heritage to make a winning statement of his own. He played with volume — one of the big trends of the season — in looks such as a lightweight mock parka over a full skirt and loose evening dresses with a touch of the Twenties. He also created a great version of one of the season’s most popular styles, the trenchcoat shown here.

This story first appeared in the October 27, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.