I have been enamored by Fall 2011 collections for the past few weeks, but have not found one that I truly loved. Proenza Schouler, Thakoon-(a show I viewed live-it was incredible), and Marc Jacobs were all beautiful, but it was really Lanvin which inspired me.
Alber Elbaz is a genius with the details. His Fall 2011 collection for Lanvin was one you had to squint at, because the more you look at it, the more beauty you find. His little drapes, tucks, and folds gave the dark clothes a dreamy appearance. He combined many elements into his outfits-lace, zippers-and enhanced his clothes with stunning accessories. The collection starts out minimalistic with clean cuts and a solid color palette. Boxy dresses, and blacks, greys, and browns seemed to be the basis for the season. At first, Lanvin's flamboyance was only shown through shining embellishments and and thick, layered necklaces. Oxford shoes, box clutches, solid cuffs, and smooth black portfolios were a unexpected touch to the collection, displaying Lanvin's approach to minimalism.
However, as the collection went on, outfits began to flaunt impressive, eye-popping brooches, full-on lace dresses, and astonishing hot pinks, oranges, reds, and purples. Gloves were seen on almost every outfit, and managed to appear elegant and funky at the same time. Floppy hats and strange head pieces also made an impression on the runway. Out of all the incredible trends I spotted, Alber Elbaz introduced yet another-grecian silhouettes. A Toga virilis-"A plain white toga worn on formal occasions by men". Well, I believe Lanvin has made the most beautiful toga that women can carry off amazingly.
Lanvin gave us two choices this Fall. For Lanvin-lovers, Alber Elbaz gave his fans minimalism and flamboyance. But with Lanvin's stamp on both trends, fashionistas will take whatever they get.