My love for Lanvin is potentially founded in a modest rebellion to and my tendency to be bored with Parisian competitor Chanel, but with the fashion house’s past few seasons, my love for Alber Elbaz’s creations have deepened. (The avant-garde hipster ad campaign and the perfectly petaled Emma Stone at the 2012 Met Gala haven’t hurt his cause either).

Stiffly starched wool dresses stomped down the Parisian runway featuring the Fall 2012 collection, followed by curvaceous constructions of varying textures including velvet, quilted leather, crushed silk and layered lace. Fantastic elbow-high gloves, mink shawls and cocktail crystals gave the collection a murder mystery sensation marked with a whimsical essence by its architecture. Lavin hits three D’s in design, as fashion writer Tim Blanks puts it, “dazzle, depth and darkness.” My favorite.



Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos /