May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: For Spring/Summer 2015, Alber Elbaz looked to the work of ‘Jeanne Lanvin, from her graceful, simple gowns to her lavish embroideries,’ and sent out a collection of real clothes for real women and ‘real’ models – “Amber, Violetta, Natasha, Malgosia,” Elbaz said, “It’s about beautiful women.” The opening, simple, fluid gowns save for a row of metal buttons, a demurely revealing split at the thigh or nipped at the waist with the chicest of snakeskin belts. Short dresses and neat tailored looks all bore some chic discretionary detail – from fine chains to simple, sleekly cut jackets with tailored basting and raw edges, the attention to detail was superb. Prints were inspired by screens from Armand-Albert Rateau in Jeanne Lanvin’s quarters, a stag leaping over flora rendered onto floaty dresses – elegance personified. – Lizzy Bowring
Silhouette: Body skimming, fluid layers, classic
Key items: Soft oversized blazer / Fluid trousers / Slip-dresses / Tiered silk dresses / Long sheaths / Short dresses / Boxy jacket / Trench coats / Pencil skirts / Brocade coat
Colour: Black / Deep blue / White / Nude / Raspberry / Gold
Print & Pattern: Flora and fauna prints
Materials & knits: Brocades / Grommets / Metal closures / Mesh / Satin /Lace / Silk jersey
Footwear: Ankle strapped heels / Flat sandals
Accessories: Gold chains / Box bags / Snakeskin belts / Metal cuffs / Wide belts / Small shoulder purses / Extreme pearl chokers
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