PARIS, Oct 8, 2010 / FR/ — In a season where there really are no major trends and critics found wanting in style and originality, Alber Elbaz at Lanvin saves the day by changing directions and thus surprising everyone.

Catering to the social set since he first arrived in Lanvin, this time around, Alber Elbaz did a 180 degree turn and focused on the working girl! In fashion lingo, think of Andrea as the muse and not Miranda Priestly, the fictional characters in the “Devil Wears Prada”.

On the catwalk, models wore practical flat shoes and wardrobe of practical black and gray which were interspersed with almost acidic colors for contrast.

Pleated miniskirts and tight sweaters, asymmetric dresses with one sleeve, lush draperies adorned figure hugging shift dresses.

And, oh, don’t worry; Alber Elbaz saw the Andreas of this world wanting to have long legs and thus there were also stilettos. For evening, sweeping gowns and ruche cocktail dresses with very deep U-shaped necklines were stand outs.

Photos by DR

Paris Prêt-a-porter Spring 2011