Paris: Opulence is always the watchword at Lanvin, and Alber Elbaz makes luxury look appealingly progressive and feminine, playing with fabrics and construction to create uniquely covetable indulgences. For Pre-Fall the designer was at his best when he kept the silhouettes simple and focused on innovating with materials such as wrinkled oxblood patent leather, and embellishments like twinkling rhinestones precisely dotted on a cocktail dress. In fact, this simplicity was surprising for a label which often trades in frothy ruffles and voluminous gowns. But this season’s strapless minidresses, molded satin tops and a-line miniskirts left a much cleaner impression while also moving in a different direction from Elbaz’s gothic Spring collection.—Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Full / Hourglass / Cocoon

Color: Black / Rose / Champagne / Nude / Persimmon / Oxblood / Emerald / Chocolate / Steel blue / Navy

Key Items: Cocoon coats / Molded short sleeve blouses / Slim trousers / A-line skirts / Silk tanks / Ruffled silk dresses / Satin skirts / Sequined tops / Patent leather trenches

Materials: Satin / Silk / Wool  / Tulle / Patent leather / Lace / Polyester duchesse / Fur

Details + Trim: Pleating / Ruffles / Sequins / Beading / Contrast buttons

Accessories + Footwear: Wide leather belts / Hard clutches / Patent leather mary janes / Cameo pendants / Knee high leather boots / Long leather gloves / Wedge boots / Chain bags / Beaded charm chokers / Leather ankle boots / Satin pumps / Skinny patent leather belts

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