2007 October 7
Lanvin - Paris Fashion Week Spring 2008
(PARIS) Leave it to Alber Elbaz to end the Paris collections on a joyous and upbeat note--presenting not only what was arguably his best collection to date at the storied French house, but the best demonstration of fashion craftsmanship all week. The entire show was a hit from the toga-like draped and wrapped dresses to the stellar plumage pieces that were exquisitely constructed to the series of billowy long gowns, made all the more so thanks to a wind machine at the end of the catwalk, in hues of red, green, and marigold--as models projected live birds of paradise strutting down the runway--that showed Elbaz's strength in his precision of cut and his uncanny ability to keep the Lanvin woman evolving. "It's about freedom," Elbaz said backstage.
When the last model walked out clad in a structured tuxedo and bow tie that was easily a carbon copy of the same uniform Elbaz himself wears, one could sense the audience about to burst into a symphony of "Hallelujah." But despite the high, the clothes remained grounded in their sheer wearability and urban prowess. There was the trenchcoat, the cocoon-shaped skirts, and the Parisian chic white silk wrap blouses, all of which only added to the fashion envy of this collection. A short cocktail dress festooned with feathers, beads, and fringing was of particular note.
Elbaz had transformed his otherwise drab show space at the Louvre into a old-fashioned music hall with wooden flooring, erratic strings of lights, and slim wooden pillars from which, at the end of the show, sparkler fireworks erupted. All this on top of ushers, clad in oversize bow ties, handing out a bevy of ice cold dessert treats.