Sophomore display from Lanvin’s Sialelli

AFP – Bruno Sialelli, Lanvin’s fourth designer in four years, was in a relaxed and playful mood for his sophomore outing at the storied Parisian house.

Gently sloping geometry, both in the shoulder and in hats with exaggerated fisherman-style ear flaps, defined much of the quirky aesthetic.

By pure coincidence, the angular bend of umbrellas clutched by fashionistas in the front row as it rained exactly matched the geometry in the clothes — in a detail that was not lost on editors.

In contrast to the gray Parisian skies at the outdoor garden venue at Musee du Quai Branly, the clothes themselves — in pastel blue, deep carrot, champagne and pale yellow — were fashioned for spring.

Asymmetry and trompe l’oeil styles produced the show’s strongest looks.

In one loose sporty dress, horizontal Breton stripes gathered in waves at the hem creating the false impression of movement.

But sometimes the looks, with their myriad necklaces, prints, handbags, belts and hats, felt a tad busy.