Lanvin Resort 2016

Lanvin pre fall 2015

When the lift doors opened on the eighth floor of Milk studios yesterday, I realized one thing instantly: that there is a bold retro direction coming out from major design houses for pre fall and resort and Lanvin has just joined them!

Anything that looks back to the fifties, sixties and seventies is my jam versus the minimalist Celine-like world that usually dominates.

This collection felt like what I’d imagine Mick Jagger’s girlfriend from back then wearing.

Lanvin Python boots

The print on print on print and jewel toned combinations had my head exploding *insert bomb sound*    This above combination was without doubt my absolute favorite because it has everything that I love but all worn AT THE SAME TIME!   Some might argue how is that fashion? To tweak a famous phrase: For those that love aesthetics like this, no explanation is necessary.  For those that don’t, no explanation will be good enough.

Lanvin bag

Bag wise the retro vibe of structured bags continues – this camera bag being the softest shape in the collection.  For more on bag trends, you can see my post on What bags women carry in New York here!

Lannin white leather bag

Teaming similar hues together is nothing new but the deliberate fabric clashing always adds an extra depth.

Lanvin stripe boots

Mod go go girl.  How stunning would these suede striped boots be peaking out under midi skirts or wide leg culottes?  The boot colours remind you of leopard print but done in a pattern that’s bolder than zebra – the usual leopard alternative.

Lannin Autumn 2015

Stud trimmed bag clashed with a classic red trench and short fuchsia suede dress.

Lanvin sequin jacket

Another fave for obvious reasons.

Lanvin bag
Other faves were floor length sheer printed dresses under biker jackets with accent colored structured bags.

Summer boater hat

Photos: iPhone

For me, the entire collection was a giant injection  of vintage inspiration and an exercise in combinations.

Don’t get me wrong, the collection isn’t ground breaking.  Miu Miu and Anna Sui  are well known for their love of the clash.  Gucci’s current seventies inspired spring summer 2015 collection and their resort 2016 collection that took place last Thursday in Manhattan, are full of vintage inspired colors (also finished with snake print boots or metallic block heel shoes for resort).  So in that sense, this feels like a familiar aesthetic that a group of designers are slowly steering their (and hopefully our) taste towards.  This group is not for everyone.  It is not for the minimalist, it is for the maximalist.

If You Fancy Toe Dipping In The Look:

Team one jewel toned bag:  Sophie Hulme Cross Body in cobalt  plus one printed floor length dress: Free People After The Storm (this is gorge).


  1. Fashionably Sparkly says:

    I love everything! so many colours and prints combined with sequins! I’m already very excited for fall! 🙂

    Fashionably Sparkly

  2. Charleena Fan says:

    I might have to buy at the retail price *sigh* those mod striped boots are making me love knee high boots again.

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      Those mod striped boots look like fun. The heel isn’t too high either. Bonus

  3. Veniece Wesson says:

    So dope… I like what you had to say about the print on print jewel tone combo… so true

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      It’s my fave colour scheme so to put them on top of each other makes me salivate.

  4. Mariel says:

    Hi Karen, is exactly what I tought when I saw the pics…! Fresh air inspired on vintage. Good for them…Bye!

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      I know. It’s good to see vintage inspiration done like this.

  5. Lisa Campbell-Lown says:

    I am inspired to think outside of the box . Loved the boots and the green/black dresses!

  6. Dayna L. Hamer says:

    I definitely agree that this is far fetched and for the maximalists and not the minmalists! I love what looks to be a sequined jacket with the floral dress! it is oddly appealing to me

  7. Dakota McHale says:

    Sure, her leggings are awesome. Good for any occasion and comfortable to wear. Thanks for the share as I will make sure to grab one for myself. I hope it will look as stunning as it does on her. For more suggestions, is the best choice as they have wide range of variety from which you can choose from.

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