after his stellar spring show, lanvin designer alber elbaz was quoted as saying “i am not a cool designer, and lanvin is not a cool brand.” i can think of quite a few people, myself included, who beg to differ. season after season, elbaz knows how to change the brand in small motions to move it forward, yet make women look and feel good. this time out, it was a mixture of pieces that were close to the body (sleek pencil skirts and jersey ankle pants, fortuny pleated dresses, long sheaths, and scuba-style tanks) and ones that floated away from it, looks with softness (like the high slit floor length skirts) and others with a harder edge (exposed zips, leather harnesses that wrapped around the waist and neck and leather sandals with metal ankle cuffs). it’s an old saying that the coolest people are the ones who aren’t trying to be cool, and for lanvin, not trying means succeeding tenfold.
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