Jul 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
Paris: The boundaries between casual and formal were blurred at Lanvin’s F/W 11 show; the collection was characterized by designers Lucas Ossendrijver and Alber Elbaz as “tailoring used in a sportswear way” and “where uptown and downtown meet, but not in midtown”. Tailored looks were shown in sporty performance fabrics and fleece, while active-inspired items were offered in fine silks and pinstriped suitings. Layering played an important role; knit turtlenecks were styled under button-fronts, and sheer tees were worn on top. Garments were made convertible by zipper attachments, and jacket closures were cleanly hidden. Traditionally broad, tailored looks were slimmed-down along the torso, creating lean, masculine silhouettes – all in an intriguing new palette of russet earth tones and mineral cools.
Colors: Ruby red / Eggplant / Bleached rust / Marigold / Teal-gray / Foggy blue-grays / Copper / Snow white / Black / Slate gray / Taupe-y blush tones
Key Items: Puffer outerwear / Turtleneck base layer / Shiny legging / Slim-line overcoat / Pea coat / Bomber jacket / Wide-leg trouser / Double-breasted suit / Velvet blazer / Robe-coat / Knit suit
Materials: Mesh / Fleece / Velvet / Felt / Iridescent silk / Sporty performance fabrics
Details + Trim: Raw edges / Darts outlined by contrast stitching / Snap closures / Drawstring hems / Hoods / Invisible magnetic closures / Epaulets / Two-way zipper closures / Banded cuffs / Zippered utility pockets / Collar-less necklines / Overlock stitching
Accessories + Footwear: Felt fedoras / Pieced ties / Loafers / Bungee drawstring totes / Color-blocked gloves / Perforated leather gloves / Bungee cord belts / Handheld portfolios / Sporty backpacks / “Colonel” bow ties / Sporty workboots
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