Paris Fashion Week SS16: Lanvin

Paris Fashion Week SS16: Lanvin

Punk theatre

Text: Norman Tan

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.

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