Lanvin has been digging left and right to create a collection which however commercially successful, lacks its own ‘real’ identity. The influences of Pierre Hardy and Supra are still attached to the brand’s sneakers and the high top is probably the wisest choice with its simple materials and fantastic finish. It represents Lanvin’s strongest asset and has helped the fashion house find its own place in the world. It’s a shape reminiscent of past silhouettes, decorated with luxury materials and fine attention to detail (the soles are hand-sewn in Italian workshops).
It’s also representative of Lanvin’s will to move out of the monotonal world created by designer Heidi Slimane where there was no place for anything other than black and white. This high top pair of sneakers is now one of the brand’s basics, which incidentally received a makeover by ACNE for last season’s release. However the retail price is simply extortionate!
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