Spring 2021 Menswear
Pictures by Lanvin
DRESSED UP WITH SOMEWHERE TO GO (EVENTUALLY)
Lanvin Reminds the World That There is Still Beauty in Being Well Dressed
Like many other designers forced to work and create during the worldwide quarantine, Lanvin creative director Bruno Saliell used his time to be inspired by the past. His Spring collection for both men and women were heavy in reference to days gone by, with nods to Lanvin archive designs from the 1920s, buttons designed in the shape of a perfume bottle from 1927, and most notably the delicate Erté prints splashed across the likes of silk shirts, handbags, and a poncho, borrowed from the estate of the famed Art Deco illustrator.
In place of the traditional runway show, Saliell chose to shoot his Spring look book at the awe-inspiring Le Palais Idéal, the mythical castle of jumbled influences built by humble postman Ferdinand Cheval over 33 years from 1879 to 1912. Located just outside of Lyon in the South-East of France, Le Palais Idéal became a cultural landmark, an artist’s destination, for the likes of Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, and André Breton among many others over the years. For a postman with no previous architectural or design experience, Cheval created by imagination and images found on postcards, which resulted in a structure full of multi-cultural influences, the perfect setting for a collection such as the Spring 2021 showing from Lanvin; detailed and impeccable, drawing on different inspirations.
With a colorful palate full of pastels and primary colors, Saliell gave us loose-fitting suits and shorts, paired with open-toed sandals, sneakers, or dress shoes. A blue suit jacket lost its opening and became a V-neck tunic, accessorized with a silk scarf and sunglasses. A striped shirt was paired with a yellow and brown color-blocked suede coat and red pants. And a magnificent cream-colored overcoat was placed atop the shoulders of a matching double-breasted suit jacket, paired with white pants, white gloves, and a clutch. A nod to a forgotten era where people dressed up with pride and taste was immaculate, brought back to life in a fantasy collection for Lanvin that incorporates everything we love about the house.
Written by Elizabeth Kramsky