Vogue.com and WWD reported on October 28, 2015 the departure of Alber Elbaz from Lanvin. After 14 years, it was Elbaz’s design talent that helped to reignite the fashion house founded by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889. Elbaz was known for his usage of body-hugging dresses and gowns, respect for the female form in well-tailored clothes fit for the boardroom and the local disco. His design philosophy was never to help to create new fashion trends but rather enjoyed to present collections that showed a variety of looks that fit his diverse clientele.
During his final ready to wear collection for Spring 2016, Elbaz presented a show worthy of the Lanvin brand. The theme of this collection was called “Manifesto” according to Sarah Mower of vogue.com. There were neutral colors of white, black, and gray for daytime. The opening look on model, Ruth Bell, was a black high waisted pant with an oversized white button down shirt. The style was simple but had an impact.
One brilliant look from the collection was a sleeveless gray business jacket with matching pants. I thought it looked like a vest jacket. Elbaz’s continuation of playing with different types of suits were made to recreate the woman’s classic suit.
It would not be a Lanvin collection without Grecian style gowns in deep colors of red, olive, and periwinkle that had gathered fabric at different parts of the body with nude undergarments. One thing I will always respect about Elbaz was his love of all women. He was known for showcasing models of every ethnicity, age, and body shape. He loves curves, and why he was beloved by the fashion community.
The last part of the show featured stunning cocktail and evening dresses; some were black and others were in vibrant metallic hues with extra glittery details.
Elbaz playful designs also featured outfits with bowties that looked like they were pinned onto each outfit.
The finale dress worn by supermodel, Julia Nobis was a black Lanvin graffiti print dress with bow detail on the front.