Models at Lanvin's fashion show in Paris shrugged off the drizzle for a stroll through a dreamy museum garden on Wednesday (September 25), showing off long dresses, comic strip prints and adventurous capes.
Guests took shelter under see-through umbrellas on the outdoor catwalk, set among the bamboo and lush vegetation of the jungle-like garden at the Quai Branly, a museum focused on non-European cultures.
The mix of male and female models, featuring sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid, swept past in flowing dresses and pastel tones.
Some looks, including a loose sky blue pleated ensemble and a short shiny dress, had echoes of ancient Greece, while accessories included oversize handbags and wide-brimmed hats.
Men's T-shirts featured faded prints from "Little Nemo in Slumberland," a children comic strip that was published every week in the New York Herald in the 1910s and followed its hero's fantastical dreams. The link with childhood was in Lanvin's DNA, Lanvin's designer Bruno Sialelli said, adding that Jeanne Lanvin, who founded it in 1889, first began making dresses for her daughter which other parents soon wanted copies of, before ordering versions for themselves.
Lanvin became the darling of the fashion world in recent years thanks to designer Alber Elbaz, who, along with former owner Shaw-Lan Wang, revived the brand and led it to 14 successful years before his departure in 2015, after which sales stuttered.
Spectators at Wednesday's show were also given headphones playing sweet electronic music mixing violin and bird song, meant to immerse them in the garden's atmosphere.
Paris Fashion Week runs until Oct 1.
(Production: Lisa Giles-Keddie, Michaela Cabrera and Pascale Antonie)