Lanvin S/S 2010.
I don't think I've ever been as excited about a collection as this one. I've always been a fan of Alber Elvaz's trademark ruffled, dainty dresses but they always seemed out of my reach; they represent ladies who lunch in Yorkville, go shopping at Holts and have a driver. In other words; beautiful but not for most of the population.
This collection started out that way; with elegant ruffled dresses in black bone and salmon and stylish suits paired with one leather glove but what transpired after was a triumph of dress-making.
Masterfully draped knee-length dresses in nude, blush, light pinks, peach and poppy red; one-shouldered jumpsuits, floor-length dresses filled with gold sequins and belted leather pleated cocktail dresses and puckered quilted jackets.
What made this collection was so great was that it was completely unexpected. Each outfit was different and shocking.
I had to go through the collection several times to catch all the details; I'm sure the photos don't do it justice.
And let's talk about jewelry: Art Deco huge necklaces, cuffs and belts in jade, purple, red and gold.
The shoes were stunning: chain-links draped down the front made them edgy but elegant.
I think this is one of the best collections I've ever seen. Bravo Monsieur Elbaz. Bravo.