Gorgeous 2014 Lanvin by Alber Elbaz Deep Green & Navy Silk Striped Sarong Dress w Tie Halter
This gorgeous dress is from the Spring 2014 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 and it has the added provenance of being worn by Rihanna that season. Those pictures along show you just how gorgeous the dress is once on the body.
The dress is gorgeous and I love the deep ocean feeling colours of it. The dress is made from a feather light bias cut silk. Think scarf weight silk. The bodice is strapless with an attached tie at the centre that ties up and around the neck to hold it in place. The dress skims over the body from there to the hem. Under the tie the silk is gathered for a bit of shade between the breasts and the ties are wide and long panels in the same silk as the rest of the dress. 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. Your back is left bare and I love how the back just drapes down in a curve. It is so pretty and sexy at the same tine. The dress just falls easy and free over the body so it is easy to wear. I slit runs up the front so 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 with a minor note below.
Unlined and slips on to wear and ties into place around the neck. No other closures. It has lots of drape and give since it is bias cut so was hard to measure so I have given the range below, It is meant just be suspended front he halter, The smaller you are the more it will drape and curve lower at the back. The colour is slightly lighter in person. The silk has some natural variations in colour and I see some minor marks near the hem. The back seam shows a little bit of stress to it near the top edge. Please see the photo after the label shot.
The seam across the top is 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 62" from strapless bodice to back hem
Slit: 2" from shortest point of front hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photos: Rihanna, 2014.
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