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Paris Fashion Week

Lanvin SS17

After the shock departure of Alber Elbaz in October 2015 and an interim Autumn/Winter 2016 collection left in the hands of in-house designers Chemena Kamali and Lucio Finale, the Lanvin front row – which included the ever-chic Sofía Sanchez de Betak and Caroline Issa – was eager to see new Creative Director Bouchra Jarrar’s vision for the French fashion house.

With an earlier slot on the schedule and the shadow-filled runway Elbaz favoured swapped for a light, bright salon in the Hôtel de Ville, there was a sense of 'the new' before Look 1 had even emerged onto the runway. Calling on the likes of Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse and Jourdan Dunn, Jarrar sent out fresh-faced women (these were definitely women, not girls) wearing tailoring – immaculately cut in fluid charmeuse and teamed with embellished sliders – and boudoir-worthy gowns, with biker-style layers and draped vinyl separates offering a slightly tougher edge.

A series of electric blue dresses and an oversized floral print broke up the mostly monochrome palette, with a hint of sparkle, in the form of crystal corsages and strands of diamantés, giving day and evening looks dressed-up appeal.