Lanvin Femme Pre-Fall 2015 Collection

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Alber Elbaz presented his Lanvin Pre Fall 2015 collection at his Faubourg Saint-Honore studio where he transformed his space into a ‘grandma’s house’ Setting to give editors the comfort we’re lacking of in current days according to his view.

In the room decorated with well-worn velvet sofas, antique floral paintings, chunky ashtraps, a napping goldfish and a Persian cat, he intended to slow down the pace of the hectic fashion week to have a valuable time with his fellow men and women guests.

The clothes he showed had a similar intimacy. Sumptuous textures and generous proportions, loading of colorful crystal pendants or brooches and paired with men’s oxfords or knew-high boots, a short sheath in rose brocade under a gleaming metallic duffle finished with leopard-print loafers and bag, a long wrap skirt paired with tee shirt, all representing the notion of glam casual chic.

‘Mix’ is the key message, while the confidence to be comfortable, to be intimate is the quintessential elegance of Lanvin’s Pre Fall this year.

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agnès b. SS 2015 Femme Collection

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Tribute to French provinces, from Alsace to Bretagne, agnès b. spring summer 2015 kick-starts with a series of traditional clothes from French countryside. Color palette ranges from ecru to grey. As inspired by paintings, Gilles by Antoine Watteau(1718-1719), the collection is made of slightly textured material in natural fibers like linen and cotton. With a rich mix up of accessories like “tricorne”, bonnet crochet, straw hat, wicker basket and ballerina in woven leather, the total looks create strong effect as if watching a play in threatre.

This summer, thanks to be associated with agnès’ photo montages and artists’ works such as Kader Benchamma and Mino Sassy, the light Denim has been added a dash of excitement. Echoing the workwear collection in Homme, “La Casual Chic” finds similar emblematic pieces such as jumpsuit, overall, pants and shirt jacket. This story also highlights an iconic pattern of agnès b. – dots, with a little twist on the size – bigger and highly graphic dots imprinted on dress for a French elegance silhouette.

It’s a summer story with swimsuits and swimwear. Imagining a relaxing voyage to a sunshine beach, the eye catching acid colored swimwear, from red, navy blue to turquoise blue, shines brightly under the natural sunlight. Matching with weft jersey in jacquards and graphics embroideries further bring the pieces to the centre of attention. All equipped with agnès b.’s signature snap buttons.

As a continual from last year spring summer collection, agnès b. pays tribute again to Africa for their authentic fabrics. In this story, all over prints are developed in a city spirit (pencil skirt, suit) with an urban touch (mini-dress, short shorts). Palette of colors is contrasting eg. Yellow and black, Pink and green.

Apparels in pastel color palette with a mix of delicate materials: mat, satiny or iridescent wholly presents casual chic in French touch, in town or for the week end. Featuring chiffon dress and satin shirts, soft and elegant woman silhouette is carved. Tone on tone and all-over print which are the hot designs in the season further bring the collection to an edgy edge.

Agnès is always passionate about art and eventually become her origin of inspiration. This season, as inspired by the 3 grafitti doors found in a swimming pool, few pieces of fitted dress are in place. The grafitti doors are drawn by 3 artist respectively namely Baudelocque, Futura and Ikon. The free style grafitti fasinates Agnès and she directly put the prints on the dresses that create chic look.

Lanvin Femme SS 2015 Collection

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Serene, regal, with no trace of artifice, of anything that could check her allure, the Lanvin woman goes her way in complete freedom. Released.

Multi-facetted, simplicity is equalled only by the most sophisticated cut. Whether it’s an ink blue, Lanvin Blue asymmetric sheath or a disjointed over-stitched brocade dress, with its emblematic raw edges, style feeds on refinement. Techno stretch gabardine in chalk or black, the chequerboard look is here. An absolute chequerboard where crumpled woven linen suits walk freely alongside supple organdie trench coats and virginal terracotta washed silk satin dresses.

Stiletto heels or neo-antique sandals, a figure appears as fluid in silk satin or twill crepe as she is architectural in a mascara black linen duchess jacket.

A skin-like wardrobe in shades of grey, khaki, ecru and nude, like woven, draped makeup. Just so many enveloping, carnal mists highlighting, in a play on net, slits, eyelets and jewelled straps, the movement of a body as it walks. When dawn breaks or twilight falls a very specific softness appears, far from any kind of screeching, noisy vision, far from obligatory femininity, blinded by flashbulbs and false destinations. Strength is revealed in the intimacy of a cocktail dress like a short kaftan in organdie flocked with cut threads.

Paradise hides no longer beneath X-rays. It arises, in half-shades, both animal and vegetable, with this brocade coat “les singes floutés”, or this printed organdie dress “animaux en cavale”, come to recreate in the city nature at her most surreal and poetic.  Because a gown is worn as naturally as a T-shirt, because the body of “thirty something and more” women  – Kirsten Owen, Amber Valleta, Esther de Jong, Malgosia Bela, Anne Catherine Lacroix, Violetta Sanchez – is deployed at its zenith, in the absolute radiance of a time where nothing stands still.

A body which is at one with Lanvin time. Without prostheses or wiring. Just highlighted like a smile with a lick of sparkly red lipstick… ready to love. To live. To give. Made to reveal a personality, allowed to choose shadows as often as light.