Lanvin's study in monochromatic chic trumps Kanye, Kim in front row

Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:36pm EDT
 
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By Alexandria Sage

PARIS (Reuters) - Leave it to Alber Elbaz, creative director of Lanvin, to pull off a Paris Fashion Week show on Thursday that retained all its elegance and class even with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in the front row.

Popcorn and champagne distracted the audience for a time before the reason for show's delayed start became apparent: the ubiquitous Hollywood couple swooped in 40 minutes late, eliciting boos from the standing photographers.

But after their tardy entrance, the focus went right back on Elbaz's elegant creations.

Held under the impressive glass ceiling of the prestigious National Fine Arts School on the Left Bank - which for centuries has trained France's great painters and sculptors - the Lanvin Summer 2015 collection was a study in monochromatic chic.

No need for grand gestures here as seen in other shows this fashion week - whether the letters of Anthony Vaccarello's name that showed up in his clothes on day one, or the space alien meets cotton candy vibe of Manish Arora's collection earlier on Thursday.

Elbaz's long, sinewy clothing, from the fabulous billowy black silk jumpsuit to the oversized blue blazer, brought refreshing neutrals to the forefront, in nudes, blacks, ivories, amethysts and coppers.

Dresses of silk charmeuse, in all that fabric's ethereal polish, took centre stage, with the fluid material merely skirting, never hugging the body.

A flapper-length dress in flesh tones found its modernity in gold hardware at each side that attached both front and back.   Continued...

 
TV personality Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West attend the Israeli-American designer Alber Elbaz Spring/Summer 2015 women's ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Lanvin during Paris Fashion Week September 25, 2014.   REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes