There was a lot going on at the Lanvin Spring 2016 show – thanks to Vogue.com for the tons and tons of photos showcasing the purposeful question of whether theater and fashion can indeed coexist. I feel like it’s fair to say…at least insofar as this Show was concerned…the answer is yes.
The Show presented a deviate juxtaposition of staid, crisp, traditional (maybe even “professional”) attire paired with fabrics and details far more fit for a stage…
There was that charcoal-seamed skirt with the wide satin belt and smoke grey trench, you might have seen? Combined with sheer, oversized polkas and a see-through lace bra, the ensemble took on an unconventional edge…one I daresay would draw an audience. (But then, isn’t fashion intended to do that, just as in the theater?)
And then there was a frayed, sleeveless blazer (really, a full jumpsuit with a blazer-style top) with a tux-ie satin lapel. That piece, already tipping the common scales, was paired with choker-style cuffs and necklaces, (all boasting heavy metal locks) for a more severe and eccentric twist.
If you take a peek at Vogue, you’ll even see what appears to be live croquis – models wearing nude, corseted undergarments, over-draped with hanging fabrics, as if to be a dress-in-progress, living bust and all…
There were also sequins in spades, tossed together with nude sheers and doll-like bows, making for a more “curios and tag sale” kind of spectacle.
But…the “touches” weren’t ALL completely outlandish.
The mixed media and color-patched bags were done in wonderful autumnal shades, and luxurious animal skins…
And the slouchy boots? COMPLETELY, remarkably...fabulously wearable. While the toe was a hair more “almond” than most would reproduce for a larger market, the overall look was one that a broad audience would “get,” the buttery leather and suede notwithstanding.
At the end of the day, some designers can put on a SHOW…they can wow and inspire us by pushing the envelope with what borders on anomalous. But it is also nice to see a few items here and there that can translate to everyday…for the everyday woman. The bags and scrunch boots were right on.