May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: With shaggy fur, plush pelts, ponyskin, and a plethora of animal prints, Alber Elbaz’s Pre-Fall collection for Lanvin evoked a wild sort of luxury. Contrasting prints were mixed for several looks, including the first – a spongy intarsia sweater paired with silk cigarette pants – giving them a slightly offbeat feel. Adding to the opulence were pieces featuring jewels that embellished cuffs and collars and were formed into flower shapes. Fur adorned collars and was use for trim, and fringed edges gave coats a sense of movement. Just when things were on the verge of going over the top, Elbaz reined it all back in, offering perfectly tailored, unadorned outerwear and a standout heather grey coatdress. There were fewer after-dark pieces than in a typical Lanvin collection, but they were strong. A black number featured the undulating duchesse satin that has appeared in past collections, while the closing look, a textural red dress with raw edges, was fresh and its imperfections appealing.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Top-heavy / Cylindrical / Soft volume / A-line / Hourglass
Color: Cream / Black / Amber / Charcoal / Heather grey / Chocolate brown / Navy / Beige / Muddy brown / True red
Key Items: Leopard pattern sweater / Jewel-embellished straight skirt / Grey wool coatdress / Red cocktail dress
Materials: Spongy wool / Printed silks / Cashmere yarns / Shaggy fur / Plush pelts / Lustrous leather / Pony skin / Curly fur / Cloqué / Duchesse satin / Jacquard
Print + Pattern: Variations on leopard motifs / Zebra
Details + Trim: Large jewel embellishments / Fur trim / Contrast lining / Color blocking / Gathering
Accessories + Footwear: Chunky costume jewelry – large necklaces, silver cuffs / Long leather gloves / Double belts / Skinny belts / Embellished wristlets / Jeweled minaudieres / Large structured clutches / Platform lace-up booties / Platform pumps
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