Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Draped to Thrill

That certain je ne sais quoi that is the essence of French chic was in full effect on Lanvin's SS '09 runway. Alber Elbaz is a master craftsman, but not the type who will fashion 10,000 butterfly wings out of hand-spun silk thread to adorn a glama-gown. Instead, he takes the simple act of draping to new levels of art. The expert seaming of his silky sheaths sent gentle ripples through seemingly liquid fabric.

French women are notorious for thier renowned sense of style that always appears effortless, innate. But, even if you were born on this side of the seas, you can slip on one of these Lanvin pieces and instantly claim sartorial success.

Images: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse (details) and Marcio Madeira (full shots) for Style.com

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