Lanvin brings drama to PFW
Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz brought theatre to his Paris Fashion Week catwalk.
The Israeli designer's Spring/Summer 16 collection took to the runway with the label's name up in glittering lights above it. The fast pace of his show saw the models strutting fiercely down the catwalk in an array of garments, starting with monochrome daywear.
Blouses featuring balloon sleeves were paired with pants and their drama contrasted wonderfully with simple silk dresses. The next 'act' featured sculptured cocktail dresses and flowing red-carpet friendly gowns in vivid jewel colours.
In his preview, Alber admitted he had struggled to figure out how designers can adapt in a digital age.
"What is relevant today? Is it need or provocation? Can fashion and theatre coexist?” he questioned.
He added that he had decided to show all-encompassing extremes, and this manifested in black dresses that featured a variety of types of lace as well as statement neck-and-shoulder detailing on some of the garments.
Another show making a statement at Paris Fashion Week was Rick Owens. The American fashion designer has never been afraid of pushing the boundaries and his latest offering was no exception.
For his spring collection, models 'wore' other models as they made their way down the runway. Whether they were strapped upside down on their front, or carried on their back like a human rucksack, the models wore neutral hues alongside black ensembles.
While it made for a surreal, slightly amusing sight, Rick shared in his show notes that his choice of presentation had a serious message behind it.
" I see that focused vision being more about nourishment, sisterhood/motherhood and regeneration," he began. "Women raising women, women becoming women, and women supporting women – a world of women I know little about and can only attempt to amuse in my own small way… Straps can be about restraint but here they are all about support and cradling. Straps here become loving ribbons."