August 30 2014

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Lanvin’s Costume Party


Alber Elbaz was responsible for reviving the very Parisian idea of costume jewelry (Merci, Coco!) back in 2006 with his chic, beribboned pieces. Every Lanvin show since has had a bijoux component in varying degrees, but yesterday, Elbaz amped it up like never before with a crescendoing glitz factor. There were wide enameled cuffs stacked over black leather gloves, slinky gold chains dangling Byzantine-inspired pendants, fat chain links studded with stones, and dramatically twisting Medusa-worthy snakes. (Even the shoes came with chains.) The glittery climax came in the form of elaborate necklaces topping elaborately beaded frocks. Check out our luscious detail shots to persuse it all. Jewelry on the runway isn’t news, but it’s worth noting that the trend isn’t going anywhere. This week, Giles Deacon’s new range of baubles makes its official debut at his Thursday show, and earlier today, Sophia Kokosalaki revealed her collaboration with Grecian jeweler Lalaounis.

Photo: Don Ashby and Olivier Claisse



  1. NotMod says:

    About time!

  2. NotMod says:

    Wonderful news, of course. However, it seems that the runnaway blows jewelry up to the scale of props or tibal wear (not necesarily bad, but one-sided): too far – too big, too predictably so. Unnecesary, virtually?

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