Striving to accentuate the female form, Lanvin artistic director Alber Elbaz favors structural silhouettes and architectural embellishments in his Fall 12 collection. Working within a lush palette of jewel-toned greens, burgundies, eggplants and golds, the collection's sense of opulent regality has become the house’s signature. Elbaz's silhouettes are a firm nod to haute couture: bias cuts, draped asymmetric silk and undulating peplums that bursts from nipped waists; structural details exaggerate the shoulders of otherwise minimalist dresses and cascading frills highlight the curves of the body.
Continuing to honor founder Jeanne Lanvin artistic vision, Lanvin's Fall 12 accessories are inspired by the splendor of the 1920s and 30s - a golden era for the French house - when Art Deco was en vogue and the pinnacle of luxury. The movement's clean, modern vision, pure lines and fluid geometric shapes is present in oversize ornamental bracelets and jeweled symmetrical belts; a standout brooch reworks an iconic Art Deco motif - the delicately long-fingered hand - into something that is as at once modern and timeless.