The Lanvin 2018 fall-winter collection wakes up winter and gives new radiance to “urban evenings”, taking inspiration from the connected energy of today’s women.

As a tribute to neo-modernity, “digital art” by artist Krista Kim enters the world of this ultra- contemporary wardrobe. The artist’s work, re-visited by Olivier Lapidus on several pieces in the collection – folds, prints or accessories -, are a magnificent ode to colour. Dark hues suddenly become radiant, pinks turn to greens and then blues in shading of rare intensity, as if from a world that is yet unknown.

Silk and organza, wool and cashmere, fabrics are an avalanche of softness, emphasizing contrast with the designer’s avant-garde approach. In amazing combinations, the designer places the roughness of street-wear alongside the timeless elegance of evening wear, confronting the fluidity of long dresses with big volume knitwear and oversized down jackets.

There’s a hint of well-controlled craziness in this collection with its sprinkling of technoid effects, which calls for an unusual creative mix.

Mid-way between the delicate, legendary art of couture workshops and the desire for modernity, the Lanvin fall winter 2018 woman is cosmopolitan, chic, and nomadic.

The strongest points in this collection included fluttery scarf-hem dresses, some with the moody Murano blues and burgundies, others with signature Cavalli animal prints. Outerwear, too, delivered some drama in the form of a long tuxedo jacket with slashed sides, the snazzy boleros and a black and bright blue zebra print men’s coat.

The collection also included peek-a-boo cutouts on eveningwear, thigh-high slits on skirts and a see-through dress layered over black lingerie.

Roberto Cavalli’s signatures were sometimes present in this collection, notably its animal prints and flouncy bohemian dresses.

Other notable choices included silk dresses with handkerchief hemlines, leopard-print jumpsuits in greige tones, menswear jackets that had been reworked as frocks, and embellished denim, all in slightly toned-down fashion.

The collection evokes a sense of glamor as confidence, juxtaposing it with comfort to convey how you’re only comfortable if you’re confident.

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