Fashion is a game of multiple choices for Alber Elbaz, whose lineup for Lanvin resort was democratic, eclectic — and extensive. “Today you have to design for all markets,” he said during his look book shoot in Paris. Elbaz made a point mixing the affordable and the expensive: Consider a short black dress with draped straps crisscrossing in the back, made of a $10-a-yard silk faille fabric — and a long, lean Hollywood style overlaid with delicate high-end Chantilly lace and draped on one hip. Both looks exuded glamour.
The designer talked about his global travels, visiting all those places where women are going to cocktails and parties. “They are independent women in a maximalist mode, not minimalistic,” he noted. Cue what he called “little” doses of excess, including a profusion of vibrant colors, mainly used for day, including vaguely Sixties short jersey dresses in bold, graphic stripes, while there was a whiff of the Seventies in the suede snap-front skirts and fringed leathers.
To blur the retro vibe, Elbaz mixed clothes plucked from various eras without highlighting any specific one. “It’s about being desirable, fun and energetic…and it’s about mistakes,” he said.
Many of the clothes were intensely detailed: fringe on stretch tweed and animal-print jacquards or flower prints with the Lanvin logo in graffiti overprinted on them. Washed, lightweight indigo denim and oversize industrial snaps and eyelet details were all worked with no restraint.