A man after my own heart.

by Erin on September 26, 2005


Lanvin dress

I got yelled at a while back for assuming everyone reads the Sunday New York Times, so if you've already seen this lovely article about Alber Elbaz of Lanvin, don't you yell at me too!

This is my favorite part:

"Geisha are perfect," Elbaz said, now at work in his atelier, "and perfection is never interesting to me, but the search for perfection, which all women feel, is interesting. That's a timeless struggle, so why not provide women with a solution? For years, men have had uniforms, and a dress works like a uniform. You don't have to think – you zip in and zip out. And then clothes become about simplicity and form and function."

And that's a total lie, of course: you absolutely have to think about a dress, at least until you put it on, at which point you should not be thinking much beyond "I'm so glad I wore this today." If a dress is a uniform, then it's for a job that changes constantly. But I have no problem with why Elbaz said what he said, because anything that justifies dress-wearing is fine by me.

I think I've posted dresses by Lanvin before, but here's another one, just because. One of the reasons Lanvin is so great? This dress would actually look better on a curvier model.

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vintagecrochetgirl September 26, 2005 at 8:41 am

This dress seems to hang wrong on this model…it kind of reminds me of the pink frock that Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the Academy Awards a few years ago.

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Gidget Bananas September 26, 2005 at 1:47 pm

The “I can see the exact contours of your breastbone and ribs” is never an attractive look.

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jrochest September 26, 2005 at 7:24 pm

I think it’s got something to do with the now insane level of anorexia models are supposed to maintain. Twenty years ago, and even ten, they were very very skinny but still human, but ever since implants became standard-issue for all runway workers, they’re just skeletal.

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