An Eye on the Past: Lanvin Fall/Winter 2023

In an homage to the art of creating, the Parisian fashion house puts on a quite a display for the upcoming season.

History and creation go hand in hand. Creation itself relies on the cyclical nature of history: what has been seen, what has been done and what will be done. For Lanvin, the oldest fashion house still operating in Paris, the past is at the very essence of making, of creating. 

With the dramatic backdrop of the Collège des Bernardins and its gothic architecture, creative director Bruno Sialelli reframes the gift of creation, which holds fashion to be an expression of pure imagination, for the Lanvin Fall/Winter 2023 collection. Here, history intertwines tighter and tighter with creation, as influences from the 4’0s and ’80s, as well as the medieval period, appear in the collection. 

Though motivated by the joyous nature of creation, Sialelli produced a collection that was more muted in tone and mature in its shape. Accents of color pop through in the accessories and jewelry with technicolor greens, reds and neutrals making way. Details – the very heart of creation – stand out, as handmade embroideries meet master tailoring. And yet, the collection doesn’t feel stuffy or buttoned up. The refinement is just a little rough around the edge; real rawness. 

Ever enveloped in history, the house also drew inspiration from its own founder, Jeanne Lanvin. The mirrored walls of her apartment are reflected in embellishments and bottles of her perfume are recreated in the sparkle of a sequin. Micro florals adorn gloves and delicately cover hoods. Each piece tells the story of Lanvin, gesturing to her haute couture roots. 

While the cycles of history, and thus, the cycles of creation, must come and go, Lanvin is loyal to its ethos. And it shows. 


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