LANVIN: Mission Impossible
March 21, 2016
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Lanvin
Paris, France – The legendary French fashion house Lanvin finds itself at a strange crossroads in its storied history. First there came the news earlier this year that Alber Elbaz had been fired from the house that he literally reinvigorated and had made back into one of the most reliable staples of the Paris fashion week. And now we have the design studio creating the house’s new collection for Fall Winter 2016/17.
Saying that the collection was unimpressive amounts to very kind words. After the show was done, simply trying to find a journalist or a buyer to officially comment on the collection amounted to MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. Bringing peace to Israel and Palestine in May 2016 actually seemed like an easier pursuit and a more realistic outcome than getting a quote.
All was not a total loss. In spite of the collection’s very real unsuccessful attempt to impress, this writer actually did enjoy the pieces done in lace. And in my eyes, they truly are the collection’s saving grace. But they will certainly have to be mixed and matched with pieces from other fashion house’s in order to be worn successfully as nothing else in the collection stands out.
In its defence, Lanvin is only one of several major houses to present this season a collection with no artistic director. Most of those collections did better by receiving only mixed reviews.
From a strategic point of view, perhaps this disappointing collection will allow all the fans of Alber Elbaz to properly mourn his departure. And if that can help them find catharsis in taking out on this collection the sum total of their anger and frustration of Elbaz”s firing, then perhaps — just perhaps — they may have it out of their system just in time to grant Elbaz’s successor the fair chance to impress as said successor should have going forward.