WHAT WOMEN WANT
It’s often said that when you want someone’s undivided attention, give them what they want. And when it comes to women, Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz knows just what to deliver. He says, “I try to make women happy, to make them look so good that the clothes disappear behind their personality. I want to see fabulous women, not fabulous clothes.”
His generous vision is a reflection of Lanvin’s legacy of love for all types of women. Elbaz listens to women’s needs and desires, understands their personalities and paradoxes while relentlessly pursuing the answers pertaining to the questions of style. As a result, every Lanvin piece is the best friend, ally or confidante of a living, breathing woman. The process entails visualising the dresses, tops, pants and jackets that will delight a woman, flatter her, set her apart from the crowd, and reveal the femininity within. This simple idea guides the success of Lanvin; it is loved for being lovable and here are the reasons. Shoes – often described by Elbaz as “jewellery we shove under the table” – are expertly executed from iconic bow pumps to laced ankle boots. But what hold a special place at Lanvin are ballerina flats. Fashion is not about height and femininity definitely isn’t. “Ballerina flats have become a classic Lanvin signature. I used flats by chance, in my very first fittings, to protect the feet of my fit models. And as I went on with the collection, I came to realise they worked perfectly with the silhouettes. I was instantly won over by the comfortable natural attitude they gave the models. In fact, he once advised petite star Natalie Portman to wear flats, “You’re short. It’s much cooler not to pretend.”
THE MISCHIEVOUS AND TALENTED ALBER ELBAZ.
LANVIN FAMOUS BALLERINA FLATS.