From the get go, the inspiration for LANVIN’s new men’s RTW SS 2016 is obvious, New York in it’s early 80’s. Being completely high end or being totally street is perhaps easier than trying to achieve the middle ground, without becoming mediocre. LANVIN’s Lucas Ossendrijver and Alber Elbaz seemed to always love a challenge by doing exactly that. In the mere seven minute runway show, he pushed an impressive 44 looks down the runway.
It’s fun to (feels like you almost have the rights to) dictate what men are going to wear in the up coming season. This time we are travelling back to the 80s, wearing oversized suits and polos, many rolled up sleeves, leather vests and coats (yes in summer) and a hint of animal print flashing here and there. Do not expect any bright colours though, because as usual, Lanvin embraces the more modest colour palette of choice. The show consists of black, grey, brown and the occasional burgundy. Although the colour scheme seemed somewhat predictable, the collection is far from dull. While adhering to the fashion house’s classic silhouettes, each look has, I feel, had a certain rebellious quality similar to rock and roll. The worn in effect (frayed seams) and the fringe that Ossendrijver and Elbaz created in a number of garments added the personality and edge each LANVIN men is about.
Special mention of a few items which really grabbed my interest; the studded loafers, the oversized sacks and the circular print short sleeve shirts were all high up on my wish lists. Experience the show now on LANVIN‘s official web site.
Pictures from STYLE.COM STYLE.COM (2015) Spring 2016 Menswear LANVIN [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.style.com/fashion-shows/spring-2016-menswear/lanvin