Alber Elbaz offered masterful drapery, deft-handed fabric manipulation and couture-quality embellishments S/S 10, in a collection that was unmistakably Lanvin. A cavernous vacant warehouse provided a moody backdrop to Elbaz’s hyper-elegant creations. The show began with body-hugging, assymmetrical sheaths, their deep flounces falling away from shoulders or cascading along hips for a peplum effect. What appeared to be tuxedo jackets over skirts were revealed as one-piece dresses, the elements connected by exposed zippers that ran down the back. Lipstick colors like salmon, poppy and rose popped up on Grecian-goddess dresses that seemed spontaneously wrapped about the body. Smokey chiffon was pinched at the shoulder for a billowing top, tucked into a draped, washed silk skirt in deep charcoal. A luxe polyester, that had diamond-shaped puckers for a quilted effect, was used for one-shouldered dresses and simple coats. The show ended in a crescendo of beading and sequins, decorating jewel-toned jumpsuits, long-sleeved dresses and a zip-backed corset worn as belt. Gold hip-hop chains were piled at the neck, draped around ankles, became straps for snakesin bags and were even sewn onto hemlines of dresses and skirts, bringing a bit of weight to these heavenly creations.

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