"A woman told me that every time she wears Lanvin, men fall in love with her."
Lets continue the Lanvin week with a gorgeous retrospective of some of the most beautiful and memorable looks from every ready-to-wear fashion show that made women feel weak at the knees, every heart – skip a beat and every man – fall in love with a woman in Lanvin.
When you look at these clothes, you understand that Lanvin isn’t just about elegance and femininity, but about the timeless chic and unique personalities expressed through artfully crafted garments.
Truly, smart girls invest in Lanvin.
"With his first collection for Lanvin, Alber Elbaz successfully walked the finest of lines between design panache and desirable, grown-up clothes."
"A rare vision of luxurious dressing, balancing ouster with rawness in a grown-up, wearable way."
"Alber Elbaz is one of the few capable of pushing delicate classicism toward an inspiring new edge."
"Albert Elbaz went back to the drawing board of couture fundamentals in an effort to pull something modern-looking out of old-school methods. His particular focus for Lanvin was seamless draping, possibly the trickiest of all technical challenges. Close up, there were many extraordinary items; but now Elbaz needs to mild and edit his technique to an image that's completely satisfying."
"An inordinate amour of thought went into making Elbaz's vision of glamourous dressing an easy, relevant proposition for modern women."
"In the studio I found I could only make big gestures to describe what I wanted. And that turned into all this volume and weightlessness." Alber Elbaz
"Elbaz did extraordinary coats and introduced new shapes in stricter black including a knife-narrow version of his now classic taffeta raincoat."
"Elbaz, the man who bestowed soft decorative dressing on the world two years ago, is the first to break away into a new, fiercely exciting minimalism: a rigorous, couture-informed reengineering of clothes for women who spend more time striding out in the world than simpering at cocktail parties."
"The kind of personal, under-the-radar chic that makes women rave about Elbaz."
"Strongest marshalling of purposefully honed modernity Alber Elbaz has ever sent down a runway."
"It's all in the sleeve, an aerated shoulder volume without pads, something akin to a leg-of-mutton, but without historical precedent. It came on washed dushesse-satin shifts, belted jacket and a delicious ivory charmeuse blouse. The striking silhouette formed the core of the collection."
"For lightness, technical brilliant, and sheer heart-racing excitement, Alber Elbaz's Spring collection was one of the most uplifting shows of the entire season and Elbaz's best Lanvin collection to date. A celebration that, at long last, someone had come up with the insight to make a collection that is about enhancing the quality of women's lives today."
"Lanvin for Fall added another dimension to the revival of Parisian values that are turning out to be the distinguished feature of the best of this season's collections. Rock-solidly trustworthy as fashion can be."
"Even when times are dark, there's still room for clothes to make women keel over with desire."
"A balance between rigorously architectural urban simplicity and explosively fierce embellishment, sourced somewhere in African tribalism guaranteed to keep the fashion world thinking for a long while yet."
"The collection was a triumph of breathtaking technical achievement."
"Unimpeachably modern, urban chic."
“I love personalities. I don’t like just pretty girls. The moment I see a woman, my task is to find the piece that, when I put it on her, I will not see the clothes but I see her face. I don’t want to see a dress with a woman. I just want to see a woman. And fit doesn’t mean that it’s fitting the body. It has to fit her mind.”
Photo sources: Alber Elbaz with one of his creations from Lanvin Spring/Summer 2010 collection photographed by Tim Walker for Vanity Fair January 2010, collections via stylebistro.com and style.com.