This reminded me of a Victorian mourning sequence. Dramatic and intense. The mood was dark, painfully tight pulled back hair and stark faces sans eyebrows. The collection started with a very Lanvanish army of black dresses with exaggerated ruffles and few gloves thrown in here and there. As the mood began to lift, black moved to navy and then to grey and then mushroom jumpsuits began to emerge form the darkness. Soon, the hemlines rose and the accessories came fourth. The ruffles softened into pleats and then out came the color. The cobalt, peach, pink, and tomato came full force. All things leading up to an array of glitter and gold sequins. You have to see it to believe it because black, mauve, pink, salmon, peach, plisse, glitter, and polyester jumpsuits all at once sounds far from a pleasant visual experience.
However, calling it a visual pleasure doesn’t quite do it justice. Elbaz gifted us with a dark story that slowly built the audience up to a climactic ending of glitter and sequins galore. I had to watch the slideshow at least five times to see it enough, it’s breathtakingly beautiful. It was a testament to technical tailoring and a visionary fashion design.
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