Paris Fashion Week: Lanvin spring/summer 2011

So, you thought it was all over for the undulating “body”, as sinuous as a serpent? Not in the world of Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz.

The designer re-interpreted the writhing coils of a snake in a series of body-moulded sheaths, in pleated stretch silk in pulsating colours, in his spring/summer 2011 collection, shown at the Paris prêt-à-porter season tonight (Friday).

Watched by Janet Jackson and Lenny Kravitz, among the celebrity front row, and powered by a pounding Motown beat, Elbaz’s models strutted their stuff in Day-Glo lime, orange, violet and hot pink, stretched taut from silver-chokered neck to just above the knee.

“It’s all from dreams, from the soul,” said Elbaz backstage, as he was immersed in a torrent of congratulations.

Elbaz’s body-conscious silhouette was not all hourglass. Taut tops, which accentuated the bust, and were haltered in tan leather, were paired with swirling skirts in grey and tobacco silk. And tailored combination offered a new three-piece solution to the working wardrobe: jacket, tight skirt and leggings, in navy, black or sand, accessorized with leopard-spot wedges.

But even the single-sleeved dresses, and kaftan-inspired gowns, in tobacco or terracotta, blouson-ed as they may have been, hinted at the curvaceous silhouette beneath; certainly when they were sheer and slipped over body-con underpinnings, beneath. And cut-out details on shoulders removed all suggestion of modesty from long, midnight-blue dresses, with exotic, built-in crystal and bead neck-pieces.

Mini-shifts, glittering with crystals in geometric patterns, added to the glitzy glamour. Then came the finale parade of silken sirens in desert-hue and animal-print chiffons: robes, kaftans and all-in-ones, one-shoulder gowns, and halter-necks with trousers caught at the ankle, and all glistening with jewelled belts and chokers.

via Paris Fashion Week: Lanvin spring/summer 2011 – Telegraph.


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