Lanvin Cruise/Resort 2013


New York: Alber Elbaz presented yet another crowd-pleasing collection, offering a variety of silhouettes and looks that ranged from sexy body-con numbers to quirky pantsuits to futuristic metallic concoctions. There was truly something for everyone. Exaggerated ruffles that sprung from otherwise slim skirts were feminine with a sense of humor. Light-as-air silks fluttered over the body for sweet dresses an emerald green matched set. A blast of metallic foil enlivened some of the collection’s final looks, providing glamour and shine. There was perhaps a tongue-in-cheek reference to the resort apparel favored by women of a certain age. Visors, elastic waistbands, palm tree prints and blouson jackets all made an appearance, but luxe materials and elegant designs made them feel current and covetable, not your grandmother’s resort wear. As usual, accessories were a highlight, and this time, Elbaz included bags with nearly every look. Lanvin has not necessarily been known for its bags, so his increased focus on that department paid off, as there were plenty of desirable options. –Joanna Manganaro 

Silhouette: Body-con / Cropped / Drop-waisted / Boxy

Color: Black / White / Punchy red / Emerald / Soft blue / Pinkish beige / Metallic gold / Metallic silver / Cream / Yves Klein blue

Key Items: Metallic jacket / Cropped pantsuit / Body-con dresses / Dropped ruffle skirts

Materials: Metallic foil / Featherweight silks / Leather / Crisp suitings / Canvas / Snakeskin / Techy stretch fabric

Print + Pattern: Palm trees / Wide stripes / Blurring florals / Sunsets

Details + Trim: Shawl collars / Dropped ruffles / Peplums / Studs / Elastic waistbands / Self-belts / Jewel embellishments

Accessories + Footwear: Plastic visors / Spike-embellished sunglasses / Square sunglasses / Chunky necklaces / Chain bangles / Plastic flower bracelets / Duotone envelope bags / Snakeskin tote / Colorful wristlets / Long rectangular bags / Minaudieres / Wide belts / Spectator pumps with Lucite heels / Ankle strap pumps / Platform sandals


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