Photos: Marcio Madeira

An imaginary journey to Morocco, the country of origin of Alber Elbaz for this new Lanvin collection who is also the subject of a retrospective opening this week in the Galliera Museum in Paris.Alber Elbaz invites us at the end of the day to an imaginary journey. Trousers highlighted with red bands on the side, tucked into riding boots, little short spencers, or a split skirt, the designer reinterprets an urban wardrobe, with great desirability. A number of details borrowed from the original country of the designer, Morocco, punctuate the clothes: belts with pompoms, trimmings, fringing, Berber stripes, capes, caftans, and asymmetrical leather shirt fronts… A sensation of comfort and warmth emanates from a skirt rolled on the hips, a long coat, or gilets in goat or sheepskin. The chiffon dresses embroidered in gold illuminate the Beaux-Arts and the embroideries that adorn the last looks highlight the couture work of the ateliers of this house in the honour of the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition opening this week at the Palais Galliera. In preparing for this retrospective, Alber Elbaz is brought back to his Moroccan origins that he distils with brilliance in this Lanvin collection that is at the same time opulent and pure, raw and precise, graphic and ethnic…A play of contrasts, with the designer enjoys with talent.