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The show started with pounding techno as models walked through a neon door frame in fearless skinny white suits and leather waistcoats with number 2 shaved heads or slicked down fringes. This was a comment on cyber culture, a vision of future dressing and future masculinity. So we thought until the track cut and was replaced by a symphony, bringing with it long romantic coats, 70s high-waisted trousers and floral printed pyjama suits. “The music reflected the whole collection”, said Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver after the show, “we have the traditional – the classical music, and the modern – the techno music, but we put them together to show that it’s not two separate worlds, it’s one. I think our job is to offer more, not less, it’s about options. We try to propose a real wardrobe for men, not just a fashion statement.” The SS13 wardrobe contained black and white, metallic silver and hot pink, skinny and oversized, masculine and feminine, in particular in the belted boiler suits. Ossendrijver used high-tech techniques on classic tailored looks, in python, watersnake and silk. The cast included the classic Parisian chic boys but also the tattooed, pierced rebels who stormed London this season. “It’s not about being uniform”, Ossendrijver said, “It’s about being different, and celebrating those differences”. A contradiction in harmony, Lanvin brought peace among men!
Text: Sarah Raphael
Photography: Mitchell Sams
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