Lanvin Fall 2021-2022 “Si j’étais riche…” Paris Fashion Week. Review by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE.
That was a surprise indeed. Oldest house Lanvin showed funky, funny and very young collection for the next Fall 2021-2022 season. The choice of the remastered song also came from past, 60s-70s “Ah ! Si j’étais riche…” (Ah! if I were rich) performed by beloved Opera singer Ivan Rebroff. But this time remastered and little rapped by Gwen Stefani and Eve Jeffers song renamed, song rewritten and became “Rich Girl” : “All the riches baby, won’t mean anything…”
The whole collection is showcased via an ironic, humorous ode to the MTV music video. The soundtrack is “Rich Girl” by Gwen Stefani, featuring Eve – to whom Lanvin and Bruno Sialelli, young creative director of the house, are thankful for her friendly cameo in the film, reprising her iconic rap solo from the 2004 original.
Uplifting and joyful, playful and witty, luxurious and refined. The mood is positive, upbeat and dressed-up. Evening for everyday. Fabrics are lustrous, tactile and sensuous: duchesse satin, taffeta, silk charmeuse, silk crepe, the glamour of animal-print faux fur. Dresses and coats flow around the body, backs gently caped, lending ceremony to every gesture – a mood of couture from the oldest Parisian maison.
Joie de vivre, the elegance and frivolity of the past and a vision of the future rooted in optimism. For next Fall 2021-2022 creative director Bruno Sialelli looked backwards and forwards – drawing inspiration from the past, reinvented for the present, calibrated for the future.