It's hard to be objective when you're watching a Lanvin show. Season after season Alber Elbaz gives us a collection of pieces that we actually want to wear (or at least dream of ever getting to wear) and brings drama and theatrics in bucket loads.
Elbaz always brings something new but manages to have a common thread running from collection to collection. This season he continued to play with hardware and pagan metalwork, using it on cuffs, belts and on statement necklaces. Models looked like warriors ready for battle with strong embellishment on asymmetric and halter neck dresses. Clearly, the Lanvin girl isn't a shrinking violet. Need more evidence? The designer sent Freja Beha Erchisen down the runway in a cropped dark coloured jacket, simple grey top and black shorts all heavily embellished with metalwork. "I'm the baddest bitch on the block," Janet Jackson told Style.com about the persona she embodies when wearing the brand.
But as you would expect, it wasn't all warrior woman. Elbaz played with soft lightweight fabrics on loose and relaxed fit floor length maxi dresses. Sheer asymmetric dresses in deep reds or greens and aubergines played with the recurring dark romantic theme that we expect from the designer, with statement jewellery adding a hard edge. Bandage dresses appeared, particularly on a two-tone red dress and was a lot more classy than the styles that have dominated the runway for the last few seasons.
The colour palette was varied. The show opened with neutrals like a oversized taupe cropped sleeve top teamed with tailored trousers and brown leather sandals but later developed into hot pinks on mini dresses and fluorescent yellow tops teamed with black skirts and a bright red Grecian one shoulder gown worn by Karlie Kloss.