• Text Jake Hall
  • 27th September 2019


Bruno Sialleli may have only been at Lanvin for a few months, but already his signature aesthetic – inspired largely by the whimsical, light-hearted spirit of brand founder Jeanne Lanvin – is beginning to crystallise. For SS20, he sought inspiration from a 1905 comic strip about a young boy whose dreams took him on wild, magical adventures. References came most obviously in the form of illustrated motifs, but a more general sense of lightness permeated the collection.

As the fashion crowd sat partially sheltered by transparent umbrellas, a high-profile cast of models began to emerge in curved, cocoon-like silhouettes and scribbled, playful prints. Floppy hats and tightly-nipped belts offset the casual feel of these early looks, which soon gave way to billowing, wide-leg trousers and intricate embroidery – inspired by Jeanne Lanvin’s own collection of Egyptian mukesh.

Every detail of the show was custom-built to encourage guests to daydream, like the headphones pre-loaded with an immersive soundtrack of spliced-up novel readings. It was these small details that marked out Sialleli’s commitment to his own vision, as well as his obvious respect for the aesthetic codes and the rich history of the storied French label.