Paris: The models’ silky black shoulder-length wigs with severe bangs set the mood for the darkly romantic and exotic Lanvin collection. The hairstyles called to mind the Egyptian queen Cleopatra and signaled an inspiration from the ancient culture. Designer Alber Elbaz introduced a long and languid silhouette for jersey dresses that swirled elegantly around the body with the effortlessness and ease for which he is known. The draped and gathered dresses that have come to define the label were still there, although this time there were raised hemlines that hit at the upper thigh and a columnar, almost cylindrical silhouette. The muted jewel tones that Elbaz is typically fond of looked right, but a striking shade of red exploded on the runway for a coat with extra wide shoulders that seemed barely pinched into a gentle but defined volume. Voluminous fur and marabou pieces created a feeling of opulence that was brought to a crescendo for the show’s finale with elaborately embellished dresses featuring beading and dramatic black feather collars. As always at Lanvin, the accessories were a highlight; carved wood mixed with metal and gemstones for chunky chokers and ziggurat-shaped pendants that further hinted at an underlying ancient theme.

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