On Wednesday, November 3rd, Toronto Is Fashion was invited to the media preview for retailer H&M’s latest collaboration with French fashion house Lanvin at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The exclusive collection has been divided into separate collections of women’s and menswear. The womenswear was designed by Lanvin artistic director Alber Elbaz, and the menswear was designed by men’s designer Lucas Ossendrivjer.
The collection itself is unmistakably Lanvin, with over-sized floral prints, one shoulder pieces in bold colours and layered tulle ballerina dresses. The accessories are as playful and loud as the clothing with bejeweled heels, embellished bags and large, tiered necklaces. Faux fur vests, coats and cardigans add an extra touch of elegance and warmth, as well as helping break up the busy patterns of the clothing.
The menswear collection is meant to bring the tuxedo look back into the spotlight, but this time around as a day wear staple. This evening-to-day look is also displayed with tailored shirts featuring raw edges, playful, over sized bow-ties and a double-breasted trench. Our only call outs for the menswear collection is the pairing of tuxedo jackets with tailored jogging pants. Although we appreciate the fresh twist to a formal classic, the streets of Toronto may not be so forgiving of such a unique pairing. The other issue is the exclusivity of the collection, as some pieces resemble items you can purchase in other stores already, but of course, without the Lanvin label. However, it will still be worth the line up to own some of these great designer pieces.
The Lanvin for H&M collection hits North America stores November 20th. Be sure to line up early.