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Fall in Love With the Lanvin Runways

Sep 19 2014 - 5:30am

Founded in 1889 by milliner Jeanne Lanvin [1], the Lanvin label is known not only as the oldest French fashion house in operation but also lauded as a favorite in modern womenswear. Jeanne began the label skillfully using embellishment, beading, and a floral palette, which would go on to become signatures of the Lanvin label. Today, it's a blend both of the brand's traditional style and Alber Elbaz's innate gift for designing what modern women want to wear. Since the designer joined the label in 2001, he has succeeded in delivering collections that encompass beautifully crafted silk dresses, pants, suits, and playful experiments with volume and proportion — and collections we are always anxious to see. Click through for a glimpse of Lanvin's gorgeous past collections.

Lanvin Fall 2014

Opening Lanvin [2] was a plumed black cap that seemed to explode into a coordinated jacket, and the tone was automatically set for a whimsical collection.

Lanvin Fall 2014

Pleated leather dresses were fantasies made reality, and textural curve-hugging silhouettes played up the models' figures.

Lanvin Fall 2014

Flats were paired with everything from fur-trimmed suits to jewel-tone gowns and even ostrich-feather cocktail dresses, and Alber Elbaz proved if there’s an accessory more ladylike than white opera gloves, it's a really chic hat.

Fall 2013

Silky, sexy dresses were topped off by fur for an extra dash of luxury.

Spring 2014

All that glitters is Lindsey Wixson showing off a gold metallic confection and layers of jewels.

Spring 2014

A metallic sheath offered a new approach to ladylike dressing.

Spring 2013

There was no shortage of bling, either, including this sparkly suit look.

Fall 2013

For Fall '13, the runway included oversize statement necklaces like this "Cool" one that left an impression on fashion editors everywhere.

Fall 2013

Bugs were a big theme, too, both with prints and dimensional accents.

Fall 2012

A cocktail dress featured a classic peplum silhouette in a gorgeous lipstick-red shade.

Spring 2013

Arresting silhouettes took to the runway for Spring '13, with architectural dresses that looked proper on one side, steamy on the other.

Spring 2013

And per its regular M.O., the house showed plenty of volume.

Spring 2012

Karlie Kloss rocked a gorgeous blush sheer chiffon dress, worn over a bodysuit.

Spring 2012

This snake-print jumpsuit featured a loose but still sexy silhouette.

Fall 2012

For Fall '12, Lanvin [3] showcased balloon sleeves and jewel tones.

Fall 2011

A dress from Fall '11 was an exercise in supersleek, modern femininity.

Fall 2011

Exaggerated shoulders on a fiery red Fall '11 coat.

Fall 2011

Fur-trimmed sleeves played up the volume on a little sheath dress.

Spring 2011

Karlie Kloss hit the runway in one of the Spring '11 bright and full frocks.

Spring 2011

Spring 2011 brought glamorous full-length gowns.

Fall 2011

Fall '11 brought major volume on coats with fur trim and shoulder-accentuating details.

Fall 2009

A supersleek floor-length gown took a turn on the Fall '09 runway.

Spring 2010

Spring 2010 showed off a womanly wrap silhouette and embellished details.

Spring 2010

Waist-accentuating silhouettes continued even on jumpsuits.

Fall 2009

For Fall '09, Lanvin [4] brought a sophisticated, ladylike sensibility.

Fall 2009

An asymmetrical black cocktail dress spoke to Lanvin [5]'s chic Fall '09 aesthetic.

Spring 2009

Spring 2009 featured playful cuts and prints.

Spring 2009

Signature Lanvin [6] plays on proportion and curve-conscious dressing in vibrant color for Spring '09.

Fall 2008

More metallic tones and another variation on the cocktail frock from Fall '08.

Fall 2008

Playful metallic accents and party frocks from Fall '08.

Spring 2008

Fringed and full volume punctuated the Spring 2008 collection.

Spring 2008

Volume continued, even on simple strapless dresses.

Spring 2008

Decadent details and more plays with volume on a tulip-skirted LBD at Lanvin [7]'s Spring '08 show.

Fall 2007

For Fall 2007, Lanvin [8] showed luxurious furs.

Fall 2007

A luxe, voluminous fur bolero covered a ladylike shift.

Fall 2006

Fall 2006 brought luxe accents on the signature sleek Lanvin [9] 'fits.

Fall 2006

Bold jewel tones dotted the Fall 2006 collection.

Spring 2006

For Spring 2006, Lanvin [10] showed sleek silhouettes.

Spring 2006

Hilary Rhoda hit the Spring '06 runway in a sleek, sexy shift.

Fall 2005

Fall '05 brought a tomboy-inspired look at womenswear.

Fall 2005

Bow-tied accents made an appearance on the Fall '05 runway.

Fall 2005

More from Fall '05 brought sexy sheer details on menswear-inspired tops.

Spring 2005

For Spring '05, Lanvin [11] showcased delicate, streamlined gowns.

Spring 2005

Bright, structured full skirts and jackets from the Spring '05 collection.

Fall 2004

For Fall, Lanvin [12] showed minimalist silhouettes, outfitted with bold details, like these menswear-inspired accents.

Fall 2004

A simple silhouette was remade in luxe fabrics and fur trim on the Fall '04 runway.

Fall 2004

A modern take on sexy via a silky wrap dress on Lanvin [13]'s Fall 2004 runway.

Spring 2003

For Spring '03, Lanvin [14] showcased slick metallics.

Spring 2003

Gorgeous, printed dresses dotted the Spring 2003 runway.


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