Alber Elbaz‘s Lanvin is one of opulent femininity and cinematic drama. Pre-Fall 2013 played to his strong suits, as his penchant for the unapologetically fancy was taken over by the call of the wild. Those signature cocktail frocks were put on a short hiatus—no doubt they’ll be back for fall—in order to let some seriously glamorous sportswear take center stage.
Far from workday staples, these separates—realized in leather and a Noah’s Ark-worthy range of animal motifs—would make an extraordinary impression in the boardroom. Think Giovanna Battaglia outside of the Paris collections, or Anna Dello Russo well, anywhere basically.
The newness was in the architectural simplicity with which Elbaz approached truly investment-caliber outerwear: sleeveless, fur, and cape-silhouetted options featured clean edge-to-edge or wrap closures, lassoed with sharp belts. Chunky baubles kept the look far from minimal, as evidenced by the shirred leather suit styled to perfection with a neck full of titanium chains.