Lanvin F/W 09

In a season when economic uncertainty reigns, it is reassuring to take in a show such as Lanvin. The designer, Alber Elbaz, understands the need of value dressing without making it safe or boring. Confidently striding models sported chic, cinched at the waist, elegantly black suits. Fox hoops were casually flung over the shoulder for good measure. A parade of classically Parisienne outfits followed and the chartreuse dresses had a timeless appeal. Flattering, slinky evening gowns brought up the rear. The dramatic massive walkout at the close of the show justified Elbaz's philosophy: "I like dressing strong women," he said.

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Photographed by Alice Crosara
Posted by Madeleine Czigler