Being Lanvin’s first collection post-Alber Elbaz, the label’s fall ’16 footwear assortment adhered strongly to its house codes. Luxe fabrications such as colored snakeskins and embossed croc leathers were given new life in sharp, modern silhouettes.
As it often occurs when a label is without an artistic director, the accessories can fall flat. Here, there were attempts at driving the shoes forward. Curved stiletto heels on lace-up booties were finished in snakeskin or patent. Pointy pumps had contrasting crisscross strapping at the ankle, done in a quilted suede or blue croc.
A dramatic suede over-the-knee flat boot had crystal embellishment on the front. It felt very much over the top, yet its grandness is what one would hope to see in Lanvin’s collection. An exit from reality isn’t always such a bad thing.
Still, a few styles didn’t pop. Studded slip-ons referenced Lanvin’s strong sneaker business, but failed to offer any sort of excitement. A buckled Mary Jane with crystal embellishment on the heel felt too referential of Dolce & Gabbana.
For spring ’17, when new Lanvin women’s artistic director Bouchra Jarrar presents her first collection, it will be interesting to see whether the accessories falter or flourish.
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