Looks like it will be an open door policy at Lanvin for next summer. On the last day of the Paris menswear shows, designer Lucas Ossendrijver came up with an urban collection with an elegant approach that looked as if it had something for every man.
“You know men don’t change every season, we are stubborn,” said Ossendrijver after the show. “What changes in life is the way we live.”
Ossendrijver pointed to all the different modes of modern transportation men use today; bike, metro - even Uber - as a symbol of the changing needs of men and their desire to have garments that are adaptable to how they live and move.
To do this in a way in keeping with the codes of the house, the designer took activewear staples and elevated them to a more refined plateau. Ossendrijver did this primarily through extensive fabric development, unstructured suit tailoring, and hand finished embellishments.
There was so much for men to chose from in this collection. As each model walked through a pair of doorways flung wide open, they all had a different sartorial slant. Just looking at the pants in the collection shows how far Ossendrijver cast his net to please a wide range of men. Skinny slacks, full cut trousers, drop crotch pants, and even some form fitting jacquard pajama bottom inspired designs, all had their moment on the catwalk. The designer was however able to maintain a cohesiveness to this collection by using a dark and moody color palette throughout the show.
“Through needs is were newness comes from,” proffered up Ossendrijver. In the case of this Lanvin collection those needs triggered a well executed show.