From China with love. Lanvin held its fashion show during Shanghai Fashion Week to present summer 2021 collection. The brand proposed a contemporary reinterpretation of the glorious past of the oldest Parisian fashion house (founded 131 years ago). With many references to Chinese culture. New creative director Bruno Sialelli (in office since 2019) has been able to orchestrate a skilful game of repechage from the archive, and momentum of the present. He did it through a mix of classic and modern. Using embroidered fabrics, large and wavy volumes, maxi bows and many leather items for both men and women.
The collection looks like a journey through different historical eras. The style is very refined and aims to reinvent the idea of luxury and classicism. The dresses, outerwear and leather suits (brown or cream) are proof of this. At the foot, sandals with high heels, but also many ballet flats with ankle straps (also for men), flat boots, moccasins and more casual shoes for men.
From China with love
Not to be missed are the tributes to China. From drawings that refer to the Wen goldfish (symbol of prosperity and good luck), often embroidered, to the use of gold. A colour much loved by the Chinese public, gold is explored in all its range: from the palest blonde, to pink, to metallic ochre, and lamé and leather’s gold. And in golden leather, trench coats and knee-length skirts, made for a femme fatale with an oriental taste.
Exquisite details in the accessories. 1920s style mini hat-clips in black leather with bows (for both him and her). Stiff and smooth leather belts tighten the waist over tailored jackets and coats. The bags are works of art: both oversized models, capacious and soft to hold under the arm, up to Minaudière, lacquered with small bronze fish or inlaid in eggshell, according to ancient Chinese techniques.
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