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Lanvin Hearts H&M | Designer Party Clothes

Updated on November 13, 2010

Did you hear the most excellent news? Paris based Morrocan born designer for Lanvin, Alber Elbaz is teaming up with H&M to bring finely designed party clothing to the masses. The collection, called 'Lanvin Hearts H&M' is designed to allow poor women who can't afford the thousand pound price tag that usually comes with a Lanvin garment to sample a little of Elbaz's grandiose designs.

Alber expressed the aim of the collection thusly: "Ninety-five per cent of women cannot afford [Lanvin] so let them have a taste. It's like if I was living in a palace and opened some doors and said, 'Have tea with me, taste the food'."

Well, how very kind of his highness to deign to allow the plebeians to gather the crumbs from under his table. For a Paris based designer, he seems to have avoided the fear of being labeled 'aristo.' If he'd made those very same comments just two hundred years ago he would have had his head lopped off for his troubles.

Still, if you can stand being condescended to by a fashion designer, then the Lanvin Hearts H&M collection may yet hold some treasures for you to gather and hoard under your straw stuffed mattress.

The collection features a great many of the tenants of new minimalism, that is that the colors are muted and the silhouettes the create are enticing to the eye. In the advertisement for the collection, which plays a lot like a Lady Gaga music video, gaunt models stumble about gaudy hallways making wild mechanical milling motions with their arms. Perhaps this is the way rich people locomote about the place, or perhaps it is how Elber sees the proletariat - machines to do the work to create the great palaces of his fashion empire.

Every piece appears to have the need for a bulge. Whether it is the bulging of a full tutu like skirt, or the asymmetrical shoulder puff bulge of a satiny dress, you won't look quite human whilst wearing Lanvin for H&M, and that may very well be the point.

Whether you're a fashionable young woman who goes about the place chanting 'oh my god' into a cellphone, a materialistic harridan who refuses to leave the house if her date doesn't bring her Lanvin, or an old woman who is still attractive by merit of being skeletally thin, there's something for everyone in the Lanvin Hearts H&M collection.

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