Tuxedo magic from Lanvin at Paris fashion
PARIS (AFP) - Tuxedos everywhere. Lanvin sent out a dazzling variation on the classic theme as its designer Alber Elbaz closed day three of the Paris ready-to-wear shows for next spring.
So far this year's collections have merrily blurred the lines between masculine and feminine, and Mr Elbaz was no exception with a look built around that most virile of staples, the tuxedo.
Except in his hands the tux was taken apart, piece by piece, to become a feminine thing, with a jacket lapel sliced off here, a bow added there, or trousers made soft and slinky like desert pants.
The satin used on a cummerbund or down the side of pants becomes the ribbon fastening a dress. Plunging V-necks reached almost to the navel of body-skimming black dresses, their glossy trim suggesting dinner jacket lapels.