New York
: Though he does not use email and doesn’t frequent the Internet, Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz was inspired by street style images viewed over his boyfriend’s shoulder. Elbaz was drawn to chic women wearing their finest during the day rather than saving it all for evening. The result was a pre-fall collection featuring fur-trimmed coats and jackets mixed with 1970s-inspired bow blouses and ankle-grazing skirts and dresses. Bejeweled separates were opulent while still projecting a sense of ease. Known for his eye-catching accessories, the designer completed the looks with headscarves, extra-long necklaces and knee-high snakeskin boots. While the collection was heavy on the special, show-stopping pieces, Elbaz also presented appealing basics including a grey skirt suit with dropped shoulders, classic ribbed sweaters and a range of perfect coats and jackets. His signature drapery appeared for lovely knee-length silk dresses – one in a striking emerald green. The designer presented a strong case for donning finery in the daytime, and his legions of followers are sure to take his suggestion to heart.

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