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Three top designers have unveiled their latest collections as Paris fashion week continues. On Friday, Alber Elbaz, the creative director of Lanvin, a renowned French designer brand, celebrated the last decade in fashion with a blend of both feminine and masculine elements. Not to be out done, designers Octogenarian Sonia Rykiel and Viktor & Rolf, also launched their latest ready-to-wear collections.
A model walks the runway at the Lanvin Women Fall 2012 show in Paris on Friday, March 2, 2012.
Every inch of the couture, ruffles and shimmer that revitalized the house over the last few years was on display, including reinterpretations of 1960s vintage pieces from the iconic archives. Spotlighting dappled the colors of scuba-like neoprene dresses with peplums and inflated arms in canary yellow, emerald green and royal blue.
Reading like a Lanvin fashion encyclopaedia, the theme switched to a leather-infused take on sportswear jackets with a dazzling array of reworked parkas, perfectos and bombers.
The next chapter revisited archive pieces such as a duchesse satin insert, replicated from the 1960s, on a black and gold brocade gown with matching knee-high boots.
The collection closed with a celebratory, postmodern twist: sheaths printed with Elbaz's own hand-drawn sketches of dresses over the years.
Celebrities, like singer Mika and actress Tilda Swinton sat in the front row, along with Chinese star Yao Chen. It's the award winning actress' second time attending Paris fashion week. Yao said she liked Albert's ability to mix the feminine and masculine feel.
Yao Chen said, "It's got a feminine and also masculine feel, have a fabulous mix together, and Albert loves women."