Paris Spring 2014: Lanvin, Carven

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(PARIS) Lanvin 
Welcome to the Shining! Not the sinister Eighties flick, but Alber Elbaz‘s glitzy runway. Whether it was in copper, magenta, cherry red, turquoise, or gold, the pieces popped in all kinds of glittery material like lamé, tweed, jacquard, lace and so on. Silhouettes came in an array of style likes a seafoam green Twenties style fringe flapper dress worn by Lindsey Wixson or a Seventies-style copper jumpsuit on Janice Olida. There were Eighties blousson minidresses, like a green belted number that split up the side of one leg and got topped off with an oversized bow. And speaking of belts, we saw more of the big medallion belt trend here, but Alber’s take was done in huge silver hearts, which were also seen worn as necklaces and we suspect these will be just as popular as his oversized gold “Love” nameplates were. And for those who wouldn’t be caught dead in so much glam shine, there were plenty of simple, sexy looks like a black halter cocktail dress with a sweetheart top and cinched waist or a fabulous black leather trench with wide lapels. Per usual, Alber has given us plenty to lust over!

More of the rodeo chic trend here. Throw in a Nineties vibe and add plenty of camo and you have the Spring 2014 collection for Carven. There were big oversize jackets and coat dresses cut like Wrangler denim jackets with Country Western floral embroidery on the shoulders. Also on offer? Khaki, pale blue, and pale pink gingham check swing skirts. Camo came in a hot pink, navy, yellow, and periwinkle mix in dresses like a cross top mini dress that buttoned on one shoulder. Then there were two almost identical looks that seemed lifted straight off the set of Clueless circa 1995: pale pink and lime green mini dresses paired with matching cardigans, white platform sandals, and choker necklaces. Some of the cooler pieces were the white  and black button down skirts that were styled left unbuttoned except at the very top and worn with shorts underneath. Expect these trends to translate into big sales for Carven’s younger (or young at heart) clientele. 


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