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Paris Fashion Week SS16: Lanvin

Punk theatre

Paris Fashion Week SS16: Lanvin
A true showman, Alber Elbaz delivers a spring/summer 2016 collection imbued with theatrical flair

Set design: Fashion theatre as its best — brand name up in lights, runway illuminated with smoky spotlights, and creative director Alber Elbaz showing his spring/summer 2016 collection in sartorial 'acts'.

The script: Comprising of 68 dramatic looks, it was a show told through chapters: Chic monochromatic outfits embellished with unhemed ruffles and long chiffon bows; asymmetric toga-esque gowns with skin-coloured corsetry; sequinned party frocks for a night out on the town; an intermission of chic black lace numbers; and, finally, a closing montage of wild animal prints, geometric coats, and graffiti scribbled dresses. Encore!   

Spotted in the front-row: Besides the usual line-up of editors, buyers and bloggers, American singer and YouTube star Tori Kelly was also seen taking up prime fashion real estate in a bright colour-blocked ensemble. Her first time in Paris — and only attending the Lanvin show at Paris Fashion Week — one suspects that there's more to come from this unusual pairing of Kelly and Elbaz.

Favourite protagonist: 19 year-old British model, Ruth Bell, transforming an otherwise paired-back orange silk shift (look 44) with her raw punk energy and blonde buzz cut. One to watch.

Favourite look: Hands down, the closing black dress (Elbaz loves an asymmetrical ruffle) embellished with white graffiti script of 'Lanvin Paris' and 'Faubourg St-Honoré' — the address of the maison's Paris flagship store.

To view the full collection, click on the gallery below.

For all our coverage of Paris Fashion Week SS16, click here

Norman Tan

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