• Text Dean Mayo Davies
  • 28th January 2015

High contrast

At the Beaux-Arts, a mirror resting against period tiles, amongst the stone plinths. The reflection of a red light, and models walking past. An emblem for Lanvin’s menswear in some ways, a curation of different contrasting elements that just work as a whole. Past, present and future, all at once. Why choose when you can have the full set?

The lowdown for FW15 is as follows: tailoring in classic suiting materials, cut as a modern silhouette. Lighter and simpler fabrics than usual, with lots of wools, cashmere, and leather bonded with neoprene for ease. Stapled and urgently sewn together, anti delicate, in response to an increased military presence on Paris’ streets. Late 60s and early 70s through wide leg, high waisted and pleated trousers, broken up florals and tie dye prints layered together.

Then there was the energetic styling. A trackie top, collar stood up, under a white shirt, under clashed windowpane/Prince of Wales check suiting under a python teddy jacket. Sure!

It all comes down to confidence. In their offering and what Elbaz and Ossendrijver are keen for you to do with it afterwards. There are no didactic instructions on this label. Wear Lanvin exactly how you want – because it will always look chic.