Alber Elbaz forewent his usual mini runway show format in favor of Resort 2016’s tableaux vivants, dubbing it “provocation is the way to exist”. He tabbed French artist Cyril Hatt to create scenes, which as style.com reported, “featured living and breathing models posing against backdrops of Hatt’s fake paper car, fake giraffe, fake trees, and, yes, fake toilet.”
In contrast to Albaz’s living picture set the clothes were lifelike, vibrant and modern. Even with his nods to the sixties where the dynamic color palette highlighted sixties-style short dresses, and floral-print maxi dresses with a graffiti’ed Lanvin logo, had a seventies vibe, the collection felt very much present day, and of the moment. Elbaz also presented a black and white section whose life-like personalities arose from texture — embellishments like fringe and ruffles and tassels, in lieu of color. An ivory column dress with a flounce at the neck and shoulders worn with a couple of oversize necklaces was divine (above).
Other standouts were a lime green and black striped short sleeved sequined maxi worn over a leopard print pussy bow blouse, and fitted under the bust with a brown grommetted belt. A mini shift dress with a modpodge of stripes, a boater straw hat and striped platform sandals. And, the afore-mentioned graffiti’ed maxi dress with rope tasselled belts, and the ever-present large necklace. (all above)
A little bit decadent, joyous and fun collection which had a great deal of wearability!