Only someone like Alber Elbaz could hold the fashion sweat set captive in a sauna l'Espace Ephemere for nearly an hour and not enrage the well-dressed (and not for 90 degree weather, we might add) masses. Lovely illustrated fans were placed on every seat, and bons bons and bellinis that were passed until right before the models hit the runway (a tray even crashed to the floor right before the models hit the runway). Everyone in the packed tent good-naturedly fanned themselves while they enjoyed yet another fantastic Lanvin collection from Elbaz.
Julianne Moore and Kristen Scott Thomas were in the front row at Lanvin, which is telling, I think, of the clothes that came down the runway. Moore and Scott Thomas are not fame-hungry 19-year-old starlets--they are real movie stars, 50 and 51 respectively, and these were clothes worthy of their elegance and suited for their age. While Elbaz is a master at fluid draped dresses (and he showed plenty of these towards the end of the show), there was an emphasis on separates and sportswear for spring. Pencil skirts, gently structured blouses, loose flow-y track pants and oversized tuxedo vests came down the runway in a limited color palate of black, white, gray and dusty rose (in the video, you'll see Elbaz considered the "internet zone time" that we're in, when choosing cuts and color--grey might not photograph as well but women feel good in it). There was something of a dark edge to the collection, too. In addition to the multitude of black looks, jewelry looked Hells Angels'-inspired and prints featured a snake coiling around the body.
But the real take away here was that these are real clothes for real women. Clothes women will feel comfortable and sexy in. Clothes they can wear to a business meeting and a cocktail party. Why else do you think a pregnant Beyonce prefers Lanvin?
Video courtesy VIDICOM **All photos: Imaxtree