For his first collection at Lanvin, presented on the 27th of September in Le Grand Palais in Paris, Olivier Lapidus made a return to the fashion house’s very essence, projecting it into the 21st century.
Emerald green, cyclamen, ruby, nude, pale blue, black white and gold were Jeanne Lanvin’s favourite colours. And her style alphabet – kimono sleeves, pagoda sleeves, twisted or flared, flat bows, geometric cuts, clovers, jumpsuits, transparencies – appear here and there, revamped to create an über-contemporary and desirable look.
Olivier Lapidus wanted to draw inspiration from all the figurative elements so dear to the famous designer. By going even further. Even her name and initials, in Art Deco fonts, have become “LANVIN” and “JL” prints which pepper the collection.
Summer 2018 for Lanvin will be the summer of lightness and frivolity.
Subtly unbalanced dresses, bare shoulders, complex cuts for shapes that seem to float in the air; long, short and very flared trousers.
For the fabrics: silk Georgette and silk crêpe, quilted cotton, super 120s wool, lamé stripes and geometric lamé on a Georgette base for a touch of gold…
Accessories, the new challenge for Olivier Lapidus, are handsomely present. Sunglasses, discreetly displaying the Lanvin name on the temples, a completely new line of bags including a city bag that becomes a rucksack in electric blue crocodile, shoes, in particular open-toed ankle boots… And also many pieces of jewellery: necklaces, chokers, earrings, bracelets in pale gold or ruthenium, picking up elements dear to Jeanne Lanvin (daisy, clover) or embracing a twisted 30’s design.