Lanvin travels the decades

AP/ AFP – Lanvin delved into fashion history for an encyclopedic collection.

The world’s oldest continually-running couture house will always have roots in the 1920s heydey of its pioneering founder Jeanne Lanvin.

Creative Director Bruno Sialelli nicely captured the exuberance of that decade, with its dropped-hem flapper styles and decorative froth. Bijoux de fantaisie — artisanal costume jewellery — and buttons in the shape of the Lanvin’s signature 1927 fragrance bottle were meticulous in their detail and reinforced the Swinging Twenties vibe.

Yet Siallelli only used that as a starting point as he weaved in and out of styles that spanned the 20th Century and beyond in a beautiful and well-executed display.

Loose silk gowns and coats were defined by prints inspired by the house’s 1949 collaboration on a book featuring watercolors and expressive calligrams.