• Text Lakeisha Goedluck
  • 3rd March 2018

Colour bursts

Elegance and simplicity have always underpinned Lanvin as a brand, and Olivier Lapidus seamlessly wove both themes into the house’s FW18 collection. Although he’s held the position for less than a year, the designer’s vision felt as if it traversed Lanvin’s centuries-old archive.

Structural silhouettes had an air of 80s Hollywood glamour – v-neck silk dresses looked as if they would’ve been worn by the likes of Sharon Stone and Susan Sarandon in times past – and with delicate appeal when rendered in silk and organza, wool and cashmere.

What was particularly striking about this line was Lapidus’s use of colour. Inspired by artist – and founder of the Techism art movement, promoting the confluence of art and technology – Krista Kim’s work Digital Consciousness, here her digital images of LED lights translated as pieces that suddenly exploded from dark hues into vivid sunset shades. For example, one long evening dresses which began dark in colour around the neckline promptly burst into warm orange and bright-yellow tones towards the hemline.

The accessories on display were also evening wear-appropriate with an ostentatious feel. Canary-coloured bags and jewell-studded belts added to a collection which was focused around luxuriousness with an avant-garde edge.