THE idea of travel has been on our minds. Yearning to explore further than our walls and city limits, the notion of going far away is what every designer is imagining. They aren’t designing for the individual in lockdown anymore, they are creating pieces ready to be lived in.
Lanvin’s SS22 collection is built upon a naive lust to explore, whether that be nostalgic memories or ones you anticipate on experiencing.
Creative director Bruno Sialelli, one of the youngest designers in charge today, took a trip down memory lane and uncovered the archives to see how the third-oldest fashion house progressed through the changing times. Taking the “jet-setter” character into the forefront of his imagination, one where travel isn’t a luxury but a hobby, and airports are not places where style slacks.
Formal and casual are intertwined and the finished product is a collection to take you from off-duty first-class to on-duty sunset drinks.
The word travel covers a lot of ground – literally – and with that in mind, the fabric choice emulated this. Silks were next to scuba knits, and organzas and chiffons were contrasted with moments of denim, a collection that provides you with a visual escape already.
Tailoring from the ‘60s was echoed in the menswear while the quintessential elements that Jeanne Lanvin founded her brand on as well as hints of what her successors brought to it are found in the micro-floral prints, the silhouettes akin to Antonio Castillo’s era here and of course, the logo.
It is clear that there is a youthful spirit to this collection, so a clever and somewhat predicted move was reviving the classic JL monogram from the 1970s, ensuring that the appetite for logomania is fed. Originally designed by Belgian designer Jules-François Crahay, the symbol has been extensively printed and tweaked with a modern touch, adding a touch of trompe l’oeil to uphold the couture past of the House.
Like any big luxury fashion player, a focus on accessories is crucial and Sialelli did not hold back. Putting the new monogram into full use, tote bags and weekenders were reimagined in the new print along with the staple Lanvin ’22 handbag returning. Sunglasses were rocked by the masses in a spectrum of colours adding to the holiday adventure that the brand is luring us in on.
Decadent, youthful and full to the brim with a mischievous taste for escapism, Bruno Sialelli has nailed this collection. All I now need to get is my passport and I am ready to board the Lanvin plane. Destination unknown.
by Imogen Clark