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Channeling: Lanvin's Lush Ruffles

I feel like there are dozens of fab designers from Spring 2008 that I haven't even begun to talk about, so I'm going to have to cram a bunch of them in before Fall fashion takes over. Let's begin with Lanvin, who had perhaps one of the most influential and successful shows - need I explain why? Writer Sarah Mower does a superb job of deconstructing Alber Elbaz's uplifting collection, so I highly recommend you read her review at What I will add is that Elbaz is, no doubt, in part responsible for all the ruffles and tiers (paired with fierce statement shoes, of course) that we're seeing in fast fashion chains everywhere. Expect continued buzz about Lanvin come Fall, and in the meantime, channel the great designer with these cheap & chic looks from Wet Seal:

[1] Smocked Ruffle Trim Dress at, $21.50
[2] Ruffle Trim Halter Dress Was $26.50 Now $15.00
[3] Ruffle One Shoulder Dress at, $21.50

I think this style could be very flattering on many people, but of course you have to find the right cut. I definitely like the 2nd one and how the part going down the center is ruffled.
#1 Neira on 2008-07-25 08:37 (Reply)
The Lanvin collection is too beautiful!!!!!!!! Oh how I would love just one of those dresses :-)
#2 Psyche (Homepage) on 2008-07-25 09:00 (Reply)
You should check out the strapless ruffle front dress with belt Express offers at only $98.00. It is a little up there, but the look of the dress is a little more classic looking and I believe can go father than just this season. @
#3 Elizabeth on 2008-07-25 22:04 (Reply)
The red one is cute
#4 budget chic (Homepage) on 2008-07-26 02:43 (Reply)
Oh these dresses are beautiful and perfect for this season. I would love to wear them.
#5 bingkee on 2008-07-26 08:24 (Reply)
target has a dress very similar to the middle one from wet seal, but in a magenta-ish shade - very nice and 34.99 (something like that).
#6 maggie z on 2008-07-26 17:25 (Reply)
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