Clever Couture: Lanvin from catwalk to high street
Published 02/07/2010 | 05:00
Spiraling ruffles, strategic draping and a touch of ruching are what Lanvin's Alber Elbaz has become famed for. He has a love of adventurous tailoring that elevates the brand to unsurpassed luxury.
He can take something as overtly girly as frills and make them furiously sophisticated. That combination of architectural structure and unapologetic femininity is rare, but Elbaz pulls it off perfectly.
Reiss's version of this fiery orange dress boasts great pleated shoulder detailing. If the classic silhouette is too tame for your taste, it can easily be made more fashion forward with the right grooming. Take a leaf from Lanvin's book with dramatically dark eye make-up, bleached brows, nude lips and bed-head, beehive hair. If you want to add emphasis to the waist, this shift shape will love a statement belt like Topshop's nude, woven leather corset one.