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There aren’t too many women who could deny the lure of Alber Elbaz‘s work at Lanvin. He has an amazing talent for consistently making clothes women love to wear season after season. It’s the dresses that are perhaps the most lust-worthy of all the label’s pieces, providing women the world over with beautifully draped, delicate, and probably most importantly of all, comfortable eveningwear.

The Spring/Summer 2012 collection starts in a somewhat sobre mood with a series of black looks; some all black, some teamed with white and others with the perfect shade of nude. It would seem there’s an underlying snake theme flowing throughout the collection, some pieces have embroideries curling up the sides of them before wrapping around the neck, others feature a digital snake print which quite frankly gives me the heebie-geebies (self-confessed snake phobic here.)

We get into a more of summery stride once the all white looks make their way out although the pieces themselves still maintain a more winter vibe to them for me, but perhaps that’s simply because last summer saw Lanvin give us a dose of pure summer dressing. Other than the white, black and nude the only other shots of colour come from the end of the show where we’re treated to muted tones of lime, olive, teal and a rose coloured sheer dress rounding things up.

As I mentioned previously, the collection last Summer was pretty much as perfect as a Summer collection can get for me. Vibrant, airy, and filled with pieces just crying out for hot balmy evenings. Sadly this collection doesn’t excite me as that one did, although there is a gigantic envelope clutch in there that I’m a little bit in love with.