PARIS — Thursday nights of yore during fashion week in the French capital belonged to Alber Elbaz, erstwhile creative director for Lanvin. This Thursday night, the first in memory since the unceremonious ouster of Elbaz last October by the house’s majority shareholder Shaw-Lan Wang, brought with it more than only a change of venue from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Paris with its bleacher seating to Lycée Carnot with its bench (benches!) seating. As if to draw a line under Elbaz’s 14-year tenure, Lanvin Atelier dispensed with the pomp associated with its former designer and simply got on with the show. There were under 50 looks, down from the 70 of last season, and a cast which was considerably younger than Elbaz’s lineups. Amongst the cast were six models from across the Next network including show opener Nirvana Naves followed by Odette Pavlova, Alanna Arrington, Abby Bass, Lineisy Montero, and Katlin Aas. For Nirvana in particular this was a special occasion about which she admitted being “so excited.” And why not? This is uncharted territory for the luxury house and it could not have a better, more promising face than Nirvana herself to lead the line.

Credits include: Client, Lanvin; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Autumn / Winter 2016; Clothing design, Lanvin Atelier ; Styling, Francesca Burns; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Casting, Patrizia Pilotti; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.