In an era in which communication rests in the hands of social media, and words and sentences are cut short to a “how r u,” an “omfg,” or even a “#lifeisgood,” nothing makes a statement louder than fashion. “In other words” might be the best way to describe the Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection at Lanvin. Alber Elbaz may have avoided using Twitter altogether and instead has opted to evoke his message loud and clear through accessories. “Happy,” “hot,” “cool,” and also “help” were transcribed onto necklaces, brooches, and belts, and these fashion statements added a whimsical feel to the overall dark and mysterious mood of the show.
The collection opened with a black, multi-tiered and asymmetrical dress that was raw at the edges and accessorized with the words “happy” and “help” (these accessories reminded me of the “Carrie” necklace worn by a Ms. Bradshaw but on steroids.) The first look forecasted what would become a swarm of looks that flirted with the fun of fashion. Appliquéd flowers blossomed on A-Line dresses and trousers, and beetles and butterflies attacked a bustier or a blouse. The presence of the creepy crawlers added a youthful feel to the collection, and Mr. Elbaz heightened the youthful theme with flat oxfords and edgy tomboy silhouettes.
Keeping with the dark mood of the show, the collection did not really emphasize color with the exception of a dark-fuchsia, floral print dress. If there was color, it was dark and earthy, or muted down to feel almost neutral in the swarm of black and grey that dominated the runway. Grey is proving to be once again the color of the season showing up on many Fall/Winter collections, and Lanvin has offered it in every variation from herringbone to fur. However, black was the dominant hue and emphasized in an array of LBDs (Little Black Dresses) flowing down the runway. Alber produced them in various lengths from the pleated to slit, A-line to column and necklines with various degrees of plunge representing women of various ages and personalities.
Overall, Lanvin’s Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection was a quieter show that made its statement through accessories. The clothing, raw and organic like the flowers and insects that decorated them, will definitely make their mark way into fashion editorials and onto street style blogs. So, as the editors tweet their Instagram photos from the front row i.e., @LANVINofficial #bugs #parisfashionweek, I will stop here to RT those messages. “K bye!”