Friday, March 02, 2007

So Dashing... Lanvin S/S 07

After nearly a decade of closure, French fashion house Lanvin finally made its much anticipated comeback to Malaysia by reopening its store at the grandiose location of Starhill Gallery. The store was opened to the fashion crowd last year and received a tremendous response among local fashion followers, both male and female.

With Morocco-born Israeli designer Alber Elbaz spearheading the house as the Creative Director for both men and women, his incorporation of comfort factor to the women ready-to-wear line has turned into a valuable asset for the fashion house that was started by Jeanne Lanivin during the Art Deco period.

For the Spring/Summer menswear collection 2007, Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver, the house's menswear designer have created a number of inspiring yet vintage feeling collection, applying the same principle that he used in the making of women's clothing Lanvin are known for.

Washed is the theme of the day and the look is soft and worn, akin to the vintage feel that the partner try to evoke with a little drama created using the opposition within outfits such as shiny vs. matte, fitted vs. loose, and natural vs. synthetic.

The evidence of skinny and boyish flair can be found in the fitted, zippered blouson and trench with elastic waist. the same flair is found in the smartly compact suit inspired by the cadet's uniform. Other key piece of the collection includes little epauletted jackets and side-striped trousers.

For accessories, Lanvin Men models were seen on the runway in Jetson-styled sunglasses. Some are adorned with crystal around the frame, while some are plain and fancy. From the entire sunglasses collection worn by them, only one, which is the oversized black, caught my profound attention, while shoes were done in gaudy metallic and white.

Lanvin Spring/Summer 2007 menswear collection is available now at Lanvin boutiques at Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur and KLIA.

*Photos by Marcio Madeira for

Lanvin - Indulge Floor, Starhill Center, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur; Passenger Level, Satellite A (International Departure), Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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