Lanvin Pre-Winter 2013: Fashion is a Zoo

Lanvin Fall Winter 2013

"Fashion is a Zoo". Displaying a mix of wild nature and pared-down classicism, Alber Elbaz finds the inspiration for the Lanvin Winter 2013 pre-collection in the wardrobe of a very elegant French woman. A profusion of animal prints decorates the luxurious fabrics used for the garments, proving the designer's introductory comment to the collection, stating that "the world is perhaps a zoo...".

The dramatic feel of the Lanvin Autumn-Winter 2013 collection is put into perspective by the presence of more traditional pieces displaying the clear influence of last season's streamlined architecture. Fabrics, textures and prints dare to feature geometrical effects superimposed on pieces displaying couture details and architectural proportions.

Tops in washed gabardine and alpaca knit are worn with draped techno satin blouses in mastic shades, bringing a hint of light to a winter silhouette. A grey jacket displays a subtle mix between dense fabric and incredibly light architecture.

Lanvin zebra prints leather coat

A genuine ark of wild prints including zebra stripes, dark leopard sports and even a flamboyant tiger version appear across calf leather coats and t-shirt dresses, decorated with black and white jewels sprigged with daisies.

This animal magnetism has a sensuality expressed through a palette of muted colours and delicate textures. Alber Elbaz even dares such strong pairings as a leopard-print sweatshirt with a tiger trouser and ponyskin boots with a cut-out pattern of the same print, or a pony-effect jacket with an animal jacquard dress and a printed ponyskin bag. These wild sculptures pull no punches when it comes to contrast and display a resolutely modern outlook.

A heavy navy coat with black satin lapels is draped using a belt to transform it into a collection must-have. A stark coat in techno gabardine has a dark lining to contrast with its mastic exterior layer, which in turn cuts through a graphic all-black silhouette.

Other highlights include a champagne-coloured dress with a ruffle across the shoulder, and a strapless dress for evening in a flamboyant red, decorated with a single crystal flower, a masterpiece of simplicity.

Lanvin strapless dress

Watch the Lanvin Pre-Fall/Winter 2013 making of on the video below:

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