Something for everyone. Make that every woman. That was the message of the spring/summer 2015 show that designer Alber Elbaz unveiled in Paris.
Elbaz's admiration for women -- no matter their age, origins, shape or size has been at the foundation of his success at Lanvin since he arrived at the house in 2001. But, truth be told, celebrating women has been part of the brand's DNA since its founder Jeanne Lanvin started the company 125 years ago.
It's a tradition that looked as healthy as ever on Thursday night. Elbaz opened in style with iconic French supermodel Violetta Sanchez walking the catwalk. Actually, she pretty much owned it. French fashion editors cheered her on as she glided by in a one shouldered black sheath dress. A living, breathing example of Parisienne chic.
She was quickly followed by a fierce looking Amber Valletta, her close cropped hairstyle slicked back. The shaved sides of her head complimented perfectly her sporty long shift dress graphically embellished by pearl and metal details down the length of one side.
From a high point start the show just continued to get better. Audrey Marnay was spotted sporting the perfect bush pink Lanvin trench coat. Kristen Owen floated by in a billowing jumpsuit. Jamie Bochert rocked a three dimensional leaf print gilded brocade jacket and shimmering fishnet top. And Eddie Campbell looked girly yet feisty in a sequined short dress darkened down by black tulle.
The designer gave his women options that were fluid and voluminous. Fit and structured. Short or long. Matte or metallic. Even the footwear covered a myriad of styles: flat sandals, kitten heels, stilettos.
Elbaz is a designer who likes to make women happy. With this collection he quite possibly found a way to please them all.