Melodie Monrose is one of fashion’s freshest new faces, hailing from Martinique. She was discovered just before Spring 2011 castings began and was signed by one of the industry’s most well-renowned agencies, Wilhelmina. Her amazing experience already includes runway shows for Miu Miu, Zac Posen and Loewe to just name a few as well as editorials for Dazed & Confused, Interview, V Magazine and so much more.
In one of her latest spreads “The Season’s Sexy Side”, Monrose strikes a pose for Harper’s Bazaar in the March 2011 issue. Behind the lens is William Klein with styling by Natasha Royt. My favorite look from the spread is one in a look from Lanvin’s Spring 2011 collection. It is a rare thing to see models smile in spreads and the collection was also one of my favorites for the season. The beaded bermuda shorts are amazing. She also rocks cuffs from KARA by Kara Ross and a ring from Balenciaga.
For Fall 2011, Alber Elbaz returned to the roots of Lanvin with pieces that echoed all the class and sophistication that the brand is known for. Some of the designs could easily be seen on the likes of Faye Dunaway or Glenn Close, who were clients of his former teacher and mentor, Geoffrey Beene. At the start, the looks were extremely serious in nature, not portraying the usual life and animation that is so intrinsic to Elbaz: black caped coats and blouses, high-waisted trousers, t-strap pumps, the occasional black fur, turtleneck dresses with oversized puffed mousseline sleeves channeling Victorian and modernity simultaneously. Of course, this is to be expected for Fall, but luckily the pieces lightened up as the collection moved along.
In came the draped feminine silhouettes that are red carpet favorites season after season. Elbaz is the master of attraction and his pieces have a magnetic energy that really makes them appealing to all women in one way or another. His designs are as close to couture as one can get without spending tens of thousands of dollars. Though he has a flair for the dramatic, he always manages to make most of the Lanvin collections completely wearable, which is really what modern women are searching for today. A little drama is always a good thing to a fashion-minded woman anyway because there’s nothing wrong with standing out right?
Visit www.lanvin.com for more information and see more looks from the Fall 2011 collection below.
*Images courtesy of BeautyIsDiverse and GoRunway.com.