Beautiful Spring 2013 Lanvin by Alber Elbaz Deep Blue Strapless Dress w Bow Detail
This gorgeous dress is from the Spring 2013 collection. It was not a runway piece but it was not unusual for other pieces to be produced for retail by the brand. From his very first collection for the Fall of 2002, Alber brought a beautiful silhouette to the house that was flattering to women but still was very easy to wear. As good as it looks on my dress form it is even better on an actual body that will give it shape. It is a really beautiful dress.
The dress is gorgeous and I love the deep blue colour of it. A deep blue is always a touch softer than a black and flattering on almost every skin tone. The dress is made from a silk crepe and it detailed with a black coloured silk ribbon at the bust. The bodice is strapless and the dress skims over the body from there to the hem. The very top edge is flipped over to create a little panel of silk that runs all the way around you and that wide black ribbon is tucked in just under that. At the center front there is a ruffled detailing of the blue silk and then the black ribbon is formed into a large asymmetrical bow that sits tucked under it. This gathering detail at the front gives it a bit of visual interest and keeps the dress feeling soft and romantic while still being on the more minimalist side. The silk is gathered in softly under that and then falls to the floor in a sheath of fabric all the way to the hem. Underneath is a built in silk lined corset that holds the dress in place to hold it it securely in place. The rest of the dress just falls easy and free over that. The closure is hidden and it snaps and zips into place underneath all the front detailing. This creates a soft fold down the dress to the hem. Hidden under that fold is a very high slit from the hem up and when you walk, move or sit you get a flash of leg. This was his way of adding a little bit of sexiness to the dress but in a very Alber kind of way. It is so fabulous. Excellent condition
The top has a lightly boned built on corset to help hold the dress in place and shape you. That zips to close and then the dress snaps into place over that. The inner bodice is lined in a matching silk and the outer layer of the dress is unlined. The color is slightly bluer in person. If you needed more or less room in the waist or bust you could expand or take in the inner corset. Tagged a modern 38
Bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 52.5" from strapless bodice to shortest point of front hem, 59" to the back hem
Hidden slit: 29" from shortest point of front hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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