The Lanvin SS20 collection was launched at the gardens of the Musee du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac under rain clouds, surrounded by bamboo trees. Themed, “Slumberland” the idea for the collection was inspired by illustrator Winsor McCay’s 1905 adventures of Little Nemo in Slumberland, a weekly comic strip of its day that ran in the New York Herald. It detailed the escapades of a young boy filled with dreams.
Bruno Sialelli mirrored the comic strip to his own childhood in the south of France, as he resonates with Nemo. The comic story parallels the story of Maison Lanvin, where Jeanne Lanvin drew clothes for her daughter Marguerite.
With 64 looks for men and women, Sialelli incorporates Nemo, and brings in the elegance of the 1950s and 1960s.
The collection bridges the Far East, the Orient, and the West. Japanese inspired kimonos were ever present in the collection to give an architectural look with square sleeves, swan necks and hidden buttons. Elements from mukesh, an ancestral embroidery from Egypt that Jeanne Lanvin collected is a staple in the collection. Greek influences with the five Grecian dresses graced the runway, all sewn with coloured metallic sequins.
Taking place in silence, the musical ambience was met with headphones, given to each person to make the experience like a dream, like the way Nemo dreamed
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