Alber Elbaz always knows how to make a woman look beautiful and polished season after season, and for Spring 2012, his sheer dresses and impeccable draping did not disappoint. Focusing on sky blues, rich greens, and classic black and white, Lanvin's collection debuted boudoir-inspired separates with a ladylike flare. Topped off with bird wing necklaces and belts, oversize cross pendants, and other statement jewels, we just can't get enough of this gorgeous collection. Watch the entire show here.
For Spring 2012, Alber Elbaz offered a collection of fluid, beautiful clothes that proffered modern ideas about strength, femininity, and wearability. For daywear, he paired high-waisted pencil skirts with oversized organza tees or exaggerated shoulder tops, but it didn't create a football player effect as you would think. Instead it seemed modern, sculpted and strong. Some skirts and dresses were stitched together loosely to create cutouts, a flirtratious approach to ladylike dressing, and a parade of gorgeously draped dresses were done in sheer chiffon, wore over bodysuits, for a look that admittedly wouldn't fly in real life without a slip, but were absolutely gorgeous to look at on the runway, especially styled with the stunning winged necklaces. Finally, there were dresses that had coiled jeweled snakes wrapped around the collar. Was it a reference to the original Eve? We're not sure, but the effect was ultra sexy and provocative, and we know we'll see those on the red carpet.
- Trends: sheerness, ladylike dressing, cutouts, boudoir, draping, minimalism.
- Colors: acid green, sky blue, blush, deep purple, charcoal.
- Key Piece: snake-embellished dresses, draped dresses, the wide-shoulder dresses and tops.
- Accessories: bird wing necklaces, oversized crosses, and other statement jewels.
- Who Would Wear It: sophisticated women with a more modern approach to femininity, like Selma Blair, the Olsen twins, or Michelle Williams.
Did Miranda Kerr read our rundown on what to pack to Paris Fashion Week? She was spotted in the City of Light wearing a leather miniskirt with a slouchy tee and chic accessories for a look that is equal parts edgy and laid-back. Coincidentally, her tee, shades, and bag echo our own picks for the essentials to looking chic during Paris Fashion Week. We adore her quintessential Parisian accessories — a pair of sky-high, cap-toe Chanel pumps and a luxe Lanvin chain-strap bag. The results are both chic and entirely sexy, thanks to the easy pieces and carefree approach to dressing — it's as if Miranda just threw on a t-shirt and heels and effortlessly put the whole thing together. Luckily, it's a cinch to re-create, too; just shop our editors' picks to channel Miranda's slick take on French-girl glamour.
Thanks in part to the stunning Fall collections from Lulu Frost, Eddie Borgo, Kelly Wearstler, and more, we're feeling charmed and dangerous. The revival of sculptural glamour and natural materials has us smitten, and seeing old favorites like ribbon necklaces and two-finger rings is beyond exciting (personally, I'm still waiting on slap bracelets to make a comeback). There are so many new pretty pieces out there that it may actually make your head spin — which is why we've selected 20 of the best baubles to bring your Fall outfits into glam territory. Before you click through to see and shop our editors' picks, keep these tips in mind:
- Bigger is better and actually lets you get away with less. Wearing one giant cuff bracelet or sticking to just a statement necklace packs a punch.
- Don't be afraid to mix your metals. There's no law that says you have to wear gold with gold or silver with silver. A pewter cuff thrown into the mix with thin gold bangles looks fresh and modern.
- You're already layering your clothes, so why not layer your necklaces? Double up on a long chain, or pile on multiple chest-grazing pieces to create your own cool, unique look.
Gwyneth Paltrow showed a little leg in a tangerine Lanvin dress while leaving dinner with hubby Chris Martin in London. Gwyneth paired her spicy frock with red-hot open toe booties and a python print Coach clutch. A chain link necklace, white turnlock bracelet, and matching nail polish completed her sizzling style. Snag her exact clutch with other like items when you shop now.
If you spend hours perfecting the moves of Dance Central for Xbox Kinect, know that you're not alone. The craze has spread to the world of high fashion. French label Lanvin took a cheeky turn to promote its upcoming Fall/Winter 2011 collection, by filming models dancing to Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me" from the perspective of the Kinect. Check out the fabulous fashion folk, including singer Karen Elson and designer Alber Elbaz up their Kinect cred. The important question is, what level of difficulty are they on?
Let's just say that not all fashion ad campaign videos are created equal. House of Lanvin debuted a video that features supermodels Raquel Zimmermann and Karen Elson grooving in their swanky abode, decked in Lanvin's ready-to-wear and accessories, ready for a night out with two dapper men, but instead of going out, they get down in-house. The best part? We won't ruin the surprise, but there's an adorable guest appearance at the end of this video.
>> Steven Meisel captured models dancing for Prada's Spring 2011 campaign video, and now he's done the same for Lanvin's Fall 2011 campaign video. Raquel Zimmermann and Karen Elson dance in sync to Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me" — and Alber Elbaz makes a dancing cameo at the end.
Beyoncé glowed on the black carpet in a flowing red-orange Lanvin gown at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in LA. She styled her one-sleeve dress with strappy nude sandals and sparkling accessories — diamond drop earrings, an aquamarine cocktail ring, and matching cuff. We finished off her glowing ensemble with a multicolor snake print clutch. Shop like items now to copy Beyoncé's ladylike look in a shorter version.