Avant Garde Fall 2010 Lanvin by Alber Elbaz Runway Look 22 Exceptionally Long Burgundy Knit Jersey Dress

The twin of this dress walk the runway as Look 22 and I love that this lets you see the dress on a body. In Vogue's review of the collection they proclaimed that "For Fall, he (Alber), walked a knife edge, balanced between rigorously architectural urban simplicity and explosively fierce embellishment". Before his show, Elbaz reeled off the loops he'd put himself through to get there "Women ask for masculine tailoring, but they want to feel fragile. They want daywear, but buy evening. I designed a whole lot of draped things, but then it looked like too much. An overdose of began with no-nonsense, clean silhouettes cut from matte stretch materials with a molded structure; dresses and coats were cut roomy in the shoulder, tapering to clutch the hips". This dress is from the part of the show that focused on that architectural simplicity and it is just gorgeous.

The fabric of the dress is part of what helps it to hold the lines that you see. I was glad that we have photos of it on a body because on the dress form, you don't really get the sense that that one side is caped and falls over the shoulder. This leaves your arm exposed and your shoulder covered. It also adds an amazing sense of drama to the dress. The slight weight of the jersey dress adds and provides structure as well and gives it a beautiful billowing effect around you as you move. The fabric is not so light that it loses the shape that he intended but is light enough to feel great on the body. The neckline is a high scoop across the front and one shoulder is zipped at its top so that you can get in and out of the dress. On that zipped side there is no sleeve and another chunky zipper runs down the side of the dress to close it under the opening for the arm. On the other side there is an elaborate panel with a pointed end that sits on the top of the shoulder. The top of your arm is tucked in under the panel and then the rest of your arm is exposed. The dress falls from there to skim over your bust, waist and hips. It gradually widens out a touch as near its hem. The hem has a raw unfinished cut and the dress is in its original supermodel length. The panel that goes over one shoulder is actually an extension that comes out out from the back fabric of the dress.. When you look more closely at the construction of the dress it is actually quite fascinating to see how it is all attached and yet still manages to feel like a separate piece. The cut of dress is quite genius actually. Excellent condition.

Unlined and closes with a zipper at the side and at the top of the shoulder as described above. No size tag present. The fabric does have some stretch and the measurements below are taken flat across with their comfortable range.

Bust: no true side seams but the front panel of fabric covers approximately 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 70" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4692

Reference Photos/Video: Fall 2010 Lanvin, Look 22. Model Frida Gustavsson.

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