Lanvin, Nina Ricci, Balmain are ladylike on day 3

February 28, 2013 • Entertainment

Model wears creations by designer Alber Elbaz for Lanvin’s Ready to Wear Fall-Winter 2013-2014 fashion collection, presented, Thursday, Feb.28, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

PARIS (AP) — First it was Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo who played with men’s clothing in the 1930s. Then came Yves Saint Laurent, who in the 60s made it fashionable for every woman with the masculinity of “Le Smoking.”

Ever since this time, menswear for women has been inescapable on the Paris catwalks — a sure sign of breaking taboos.

But in Paris on Thursday, the third day of fall-winter 2013-14 ready-to-wear, some collections were different. They made no apologies about being feminine.

Nina Ricci looked to balletic style, featuring sisters playing live piano; and Balmain adorned women in jewels.

While Lanvin’s message was clear — the 20th century is the story of feminine glamor.

Could this be the start of the fightback of ladylike style?


Designer Alber Elbaz took the Lanvin guests on a typically encyclopedic journey for fall-winter.

The Lebanese designer’s imaginative show in 52 diverse looks saw references that spanned from the furs of the 30s, the satins of the 40s, the Login to read more

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