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Lanvin’s Tough New Chic

Godfrey Deeny
September 27th, 2012 @ 2:12 PM - Paris

The ability of fashion to enhance women's sense of themselves, to grant them power and distinction was rarely more in evidence than in a particularly memorable runway show by Lanvin in Paris.

Based about classic garments like the tuxedo and cocktail dress, Lanvin's designer, Alber Elbaz, drafted in all his favorite techniques - twisted volume, flattering draping, bold accessories and above all a sense of the audacious to remind us that there is always something new to say in fashion.

Carefully balancing a soupçon of the street - like cut off biker jackets - with couture cutting, Elbaz made a brilliant expression of tough chic in this spring 2013 collection staged in Paris on Thursday, Sept. 27.

It's also instructive that in a season that heralds the debut of Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent, the house which first put women in men's suits, that many designers are sending out their interpretation of a lady tuxedo.

Elbaz's all were pretty sensational - from a micro collar bolero cut to a biker collar demanding babe version. A glistening series of little black dresses exploding with silver bugles beads segued into bold evening looks - composed of turquoise, deep yellow and burnished copper dresses - part of the new darkness in spring color plate Paris has thrown up.

The designer's sense of the telling detail was perfect - gold bands used as either amulets or snug belts, and a witty series of perfume bottle minis bags - an Arpege sack that referenced Lanvin's most famous scent.

The Lanvin show is always one of the highlights of the season; putting a big smile on the often glum faces of so many fashionistas. Elbaz makes sure that his guests get a glass of champagne and a funky snack as they arrive. Tonight though many were left with a long face as the show venue was changed to the Ecole des Beaux Arts from the massive Halle Freyssinart in the 13 th arrondissement. Hence, the guest list was rigorously cut in half. Thanks for all the websites who now stream live fashion and we bet the smile would have come right back on the faces of the left out. Moreover, this classy, soaring Parisian location was a perfect setting for Lanvin's sophisticated ode to the City of Light.

"Purity with precision and beauty, always beauty," said Albaz, as he quietly but firmly ordered aggressive security guards to let his fans backstage. A gentle touch in a stylishly tough hit.

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