PARIS: As if licked by a divine sheen, Alber Elbaz’s shimmering collection for Lanvin seemed to ooze liquid metal.Opening with a sensual ultramarine knee-length satin skirt and a top sporting the word “dream,” the 48-look-strong collection had a hazy, ephemeral quality that was as hard to pin down as it was beautiful.
There is always a vintage quality to Lanvin’s shows – here it’s thanks to dull shine materials used in most of the looks, rendered in the subtle hues of ruddy bronze, golden yellow and dark gray.
It’s Elbaz’s nostalgia-laden interpretation of the metallics craze that’s hit catwalks this season.
But the show remained light.
Bows at the hip, heel and neck combined with recurring stars and love-hearts to give a girly lift.
Some ensembles, like a knee-length pleated green sparkling skirt, cream blouse and long dark-gray jacket eluded definition and were just plain delightful.
If this spring-summer collection didn’t feel very summery – it’s one of the darkest shows seen this week – the amount of reflective fabric, satin and lame used in the show is sure to light up even the darkest corner of a room.