Staged at the École des Beaux-Arts, the Lanvin Fall '13 collection proved just as feminine, expertly tailored, and over the top (tastefully so) as the season before. Translation: we want it all. Attendees were served champagne and popcorn as they waited for the show to start, and once it did, Alber Elbaz sent out looks defined by ladylike silhouettes — cast in dark navy blue, black, icy pearl, and muted rust hues — and eye-catching accents. In addition to those highlights, it was all about the full skirt, too. Whether they came down the runway traditionally voluminous, tiered with ruffles, or pinned with asymmetrical folds, there was a definite turn to all-out glamour for day and night. Silky dresses, cropped trousers, and belted outerwear, which provided gorgeous nipped-waist shapes, were also part of the every-styling-sensibility formula that made this collection both relatable and fantastical. As for the finishing touches? Bejeweled belts, sumptuous fur stoles, leather opera gloves, chain-link necklaces that read "HAPPY" and "HELP," glitter ankle-strap pumps, flat brogues, and the house's signature floral prints rounded out the undeniably beautiful Fall '13 show. See everything here.
- Revealed: exactly one sketch from the Ralph Lauren Fall 2013 collection. [Facebook]
- Alber Elbaz will design a custom gown for Minnie Mouse to wear to Disneyland Paris's 20th Anniversary celebrations. [Vogue UK]
- Erin Fetherston decided not to present this season in order to prepare for her upcoming wedding to Cobra Starship singer Gabe Saporta. [New York Post]
- Nicholas Kirkwood will collaborate with Selfridges on a four-style capsule collection of shoes inspired by the film Oz The Great and Powerful. [Vogue UK]
- Prabal Gurung's collaboration with Target has been named a smash success; it almost entirely sold out in just one day. [Business Insider]
- Michelle McCool has left Cosmopolitan after 10 years as fashion director at the magazine. [WWD]
An actual maelstrom kept Alber Elbaz from participating in Lanvin's Spring 2013 campaign shoot, so he joined in on all the fun via Skype.
Hurricane Sandy and back-to-back fittings in Paris kept Elbaz from flying to New York when Steven Meisel shot the ads, according to WWD. So the creative director made a video call to oversee the proceedings that pops up in the middle of the campaign film. "It's almost like being in New York without flying," he says, later adding that "the perspective is just sick."
Sick indeed — Meisel created a dreamy landscape (with models including Karlie Kloss, Saskia de Brauw, and Daria Strokous) so beautiful that even Elbaz couldn't help but ooh and aah over the pictures. "It's divine," he says. "I feel I'm in a dream. I feel I'm in a cloud." A look at the beautiful cloud below.
Photo courtesy of Lanvin
For his very first foray into makeup, Alber Elbaz has teamed up with Lancome to produce a line of cosmetics that will debut globally on June 15.
"Alber Elbaz is, without a doubt, one of the world's most influential fashion designers," said Lancome International president Youcef Nabi. "His sense of luxury, his vision of femininity and that hint of audacity resonate perfectly with the new values of the Maison Lancome."
Lancome announced the collection on Monday by posting a teaser video created by Elbaz and Pascal Dangin of Box Studios to its YouTube page. In it, illustrated women sitting in the front row of what appears to be a fashion show are seen greeting each other, sending text messages, and cheering in delight for an unseen something coming down the runway. But what will the collaboration look like? That might not be known until the next video.
Lanvin's artistic director Alber Elbaz is lending his whimsical touch to Lancome for a playful makeup collection. "His sense of luxury, his vision of femininity and that hint of audacity resonate perfectly with the new values of the Maison Lancome," Youcef Nabi, Lancome International president, told WWD. "We are extremely proud and happy that, with us, he is set to channel his universe in the world of makeup for the very first time."
To get the fashion and beauty world excited for this colorful collaboration, Elbaz created a 15-second animated teaser. There are plenty of vibrant eye shadows, nail lacquers, and lipsticks featured throughout the video, so expect to see some purple, blue, pink, and red in the collection that launches in June.
We joined the style crowd at NYC's Waldorf Astoria last night to celebrate the YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner. There, fashion world veterans gathered to toast the industry's rising talent — and raise money for a worthy cause. Among the guest list's heavy hitters, Alber Elbaz was presented with the prestigious 50th Anniversary Geoffrey Beene Fashion Impact Award. We were fortunate enough to snag some time with the night's big honoree: the man behind Lanvin, Emma Stone's gorgeous award season dresses, and that signature bow tie (which, he confessed, he doesn't know how to tie — he wore an elastic one!). As if we couldn't adore the ever-dapper Alber any more, he charmed with details about award season, his dear friend Emma, and upcoming projects.FabSugar: Award season is just around the corner. Are there any plans to maybe help out Emma Stone or design for any of the other leading ladies on the carpet?
Alber Elbaz: Maybe! You know, we are trying. We met few people, I mean, we'll see. Till they don't come out of the limousine with a dress we never know if it's going to happen, so I'm so superstitious and never talk about it, and I think I give them the privacy and the choice also to try different designers, to try different dresses, and to end up deciding [on] what they really feel like having.
FS: Well, we loved Emma Stone's moment at the Golden Globes last year; can you tell me a little bit about your relationship?
AE: And she actually wore last night for a premiere for her new movie, a dress we've made. Emma is a great friend, and I love her, and I think she's so talented and so wonderful and she's such a good daughter to her mother and she's such a good actress. I think she has it all, and I wish her all the best.
FS: Do you have any New Year's resolutions?
AE: To lose weight . . . [laughs]
If we had only two words to describe the Lanvin Spring 2013 collection, it would be "Parisian chic." Fortunately, we certainly have more to say on the subject, and here goes. The label's designer, Alber Elbaz, honed in on the tailored perfection of both the tuxedo pantsuit and the quintessential LBD. Thus, we were treated to an arsenal of black and white pieces, in asymmetrical cuts, cropped silhouettes, and deep-V necklines — an effort that produced a sensual, yet strong, result. And for those that crave Elbaz's signature jewel tones, not to fear, there's something (very special, we might add) in there for you, too. Click play to see the Lanvin Spring '13 show in full, and tell us which look is your favorite in the comments!
Our style director Noria Morales is on the scene at Lanvin's Spring '13 show. Held at the École des Beaux-Arts, in its glass-domed courtyard, the "party" started before the first look even hit the runway. With macarons, tea sandwiches, and Champagne being passed, the vibe was nothing short of celebratory. But of course, the real celebration had everything to do with the gorgeous clothes, from black-and-white tuxedo-inspired pieces to designer Alber Elbaz's signature jewel-toned wares — we've got another beautiful Lanvin lineup to covet. Get the full scoop in today's Fab Flash.
Back to black: that seemed to be the message Alber Elbaz was sending at the beginning of his Spring 2013 show for Lanvin. After a decade of tastefully decorated jewel-tone dresses, what could be fresher than a few strong-shouldered suits (all the cool kids in Paris are doing them) and sexy, skin-baring frocks and shirts?
The black pieces weren't basic, though. Many referenced the '80s with shoulder pads and nodded to menswear with a variety of lapels — one jacket combined a black satin shawl-collar lapel on the left and a white and black notch lapel on the right.
With other black pieces, decorations came like an avalanche. Sequins and rhinestones adorned a selection of pants, jackets, and shirts toward the middle of the show, and these gave way to much simpler pieces in black and white. But by the end of the show, Elbaz was back to his old tricks, featuring lighthearted dresses in a rainbow of hues. If the colors there were similar to what we've seen from this house in the past, the cuts were new, less fussy, and more geometric. It was the perfect way to blend where Lanvin has been with where Lanvin is going.
It seemed the cloudy Paris skies cleared for Lanvin, and on this Friday night at 8PM, L'Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Artes, one of the gazillion gorgeous buildings in Paris a center for classic French art, was lit up against a navy sky and a bright full moon. It was the perfect setting for one of the most fun shows of Paris Fashion Week. Why? Because Alber Elbaz and team know how to make a show feel like a party. The runway, a pretty raw setup of scaffolding, bleacher seats, and a metal raised runway, dominated a gigantic glass-domed, tiled courtyard that featured Greco-Roman statues in each corner of the space. It was an interesting dichotomy of classic and beautiful and industrial. Everything else was cushy — literally the bleachers were covered in cushions, and tuxedo-clad waiters served macarons, tea sandwiches, and champagne in floral-painted glasses. It was a high-energy crowd that included the great Catherine Deneuve and the always chic Rachel Zoe. Now to the show: it opened with a series of black and white tuxedo-inspired looks. It was high glamour, one of the highlights being a heavily-embellished jumpsuit worn by Kristen McMenamy, whose gray, almost white hair fell past her waist. The show closed in jewel tones, with structured apron dresses that tied on the side. There was a distinct Japanese reference, but it was done subtly, via obi belts and kimono-ish shapes. I don't know that I would call the collection zen — rather, it was fun and sexy, like the asymmetric swimsuit worn with slouchy pants and heels, or the dresses that tied loosely on the side to reveal a hint of skin. There was also plenty to admire in the accessories department; thanks to the raised runway, everyone got to see the dangerously high irridescent platform ankle-strap heels and the little purses that resembled both girly perfume bottles and a tiny cartoon bomb. Overall, it was a superbly fun show with plenty of Parisian glamour for all.