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Lanvin Silk Butterfly Pants F/W 2013


Moroccan-born designer Alber Elbaz is remembered as much for his love of people as he is for his astounding talent and creative philosophy. Credited with revitalizing the French fashion house of Lanvin where he served as creative director for fourteen years, he preferred to think of himself as a storyteller, working with “intuition, instinct, and joy.”

Widely beloved and admired, the soft spoken Elbaz lamented in an interview for Vogue how technology was changing the face of fashion, with the emphasis shifting from how designs felt in person to how they appeared on a screen. Referring to himself as “just Alber” the designer explained that one of his intentions with fashion was “to elevate people, to make them dream."

According to Vogue, Elbaz’s 2013 F/W collection was “carefree yet elegant” and featured a tougher Lanvin girl wearing oxfords in lieu of ballet flats and an idiosyncratic lineup that included godet skirts, several floral applique looks, and a 50’s inspired cocktail dress. From that collection, these beautiful pants embody Lanvin at its finest.

Done in a silver-grey silk-wool blend, these magnificent pants have a nice sheen and feature the butterfly print of the season in shades of black, maroon, and brown. The butterflies are artfully arranged in varying degrees of flight, giving these pants a wistful, fairytale like quality and a unique visual movement of their own.

Size: 42 FR 8/10 US

Size estimate: MED/LRG


Waist: 29 inches

Rise: 10.5 inches

Length inseam: 31.5 inches

Length waist to hem: 41 Inches

The fitted, ankle-length pants are impeccably tailored and have a sharp crease down the center front and back of each leg. Complete with belt loops, two side pockets, and a sleek back welt pocket, these pants sit higher on the hips and have a crisp, slender silhouette. A phenomenal addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, these pants are the perfect choice for a cocktail party, evening soiree, or special occasion and can easily be styled with a silk blouse to create an unforgettable ensemble.

These Lanvin pants are partially lined at the waist and close with a front zipper and flat eye and hook closure. There are zipper closures at the inseam of each leg by the ankle, allowing for greater ease of movement and versatile styling. In excellent condition, these pants have been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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