RELEVANCE X MODERNITY
January 22, 2012
Lanvin has debuted its 2012 Fall collection, and as always creative director Alber Elbaz has displayed his fondness for Lanvin’s mastery over both heritage and relevance. “Its not modernity that’s important, its relevance” said Elbaz at the outset of the show, setting the tone for this season’s must have look: the suit.
But as per usual, Lanvin are not interested in the simple extension of men’s suiting traditions and have turned to sport and the elements to infuse their latest fall collection. Under the creative direction of Mr Lucas Ossendrijver, this Lanvin collection combines the aesthetic of vintage boxers, mountaineers and street style with that of the traditional Lanvin suiting luxury. Alongside the overcoats and denim, the collection included souped-up boxer’s boots and puffer coats to clothe the suited homme against the elements of Paris (and indeed Europe’s) cold windy January.
Though this collection caps a period of creative reserve in Lanvin’s recent years, Ossendrijver and Elbaz prove once again that they understand to an exacting toll what the Lanvin aesthetic is famed for: elegant pared back luxury reinforced by one or two stand-out items that give added depth to the ensemble.