The art of show

Written by Louis on . Posted in Fashion

Peacocking:  present participle of verb. peacock (pea·cock/ˈpēˌkäk/)

1. Display oneself ostentatiously; strut like a peacock

- he was peacocking in front of a full-length mirror


As we crawl out of bed this morning, it is with bleary eyes yet enlivened heart that Louis can confirm that Fashion just got its swagger back.  Last night Alber Elbaz and Lanvin celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the house and, by so doing, reintroduced the industry to its own joyful, playful, creative pulse; that same pulse that gravitated us all to this game in the first place…that same pulse that all too often gets lost amidst fashion week’s frenetic and at times gruelling pace.   I’d like to take a moment to welcome us all back!

Summoned to the 13th arrondissement, we were cordially funneled into a prodigious warehouse space….and then Lanvin began to strut.   A star-spangled front row including Tilda Swinton, Jessica Alba, Pharell Williams and Dita von Teese served only as a glamourous entrée for the festivities that ensued.  Lanvin orchestrated the scene and its tempo, delaying the show’s start as guests were treated to three-tiered cakes, foie gras lollipops, and champagne by the bucket-load.  With the show underway, Mr Elbaz clinically delivered a steady flow of power-amazons adorned in a kaleidoscope of cuts, colors and textures all set to a driving rock ‘n’ roll riff.  Lanvin’s collection offered up respite from the soft pastels and florals presented by its contemporaries, a promenade celebrating the strength, pride, colour, and unadulterated glamour of the Lanvin woman.

It was with the utmost emotional eloquence that Elbaz then transformed the warehouse space from showroom to nightclub, taking the stage to deliver a rendition of “Que Sera Sera” that would have had Doris Day dancing in her front row seat. An ostentatious strut?  Perhaps.  Fabulous?? Most Definitely!


When I was just a little girl

I asked my mother, what will I be

Will I be pretty, will I be rich….


(It appears that so long as Mr Elbaz reigns at the house of Lanvin, the answer is a resounding “YES”.)

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