An appropriate analogy for the Spring 2009 season was the safe-to-wild ratio from Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, which helped close Paris Fashion Week and settle the debate on whether to be, to put it plainly, 'conservative' or 'fun' in our economic climate. What started with classic Lanvin pieces (pretty tailoring and elegant details) moved into something more fantastic, by way of color and embroidery. The idea seemed like 80% signature safety net and 20% creative statement and, overall, made for a collection that no one seems to be able to fault as having too much of one thing or the other. We think this also makes an appropriate analogy for consumers in this economic climate. Most of us, that is, will buy smart all year, relying on pieces we know will edit into our wardrobes with maximum impact at less cost, but there's always room for that last indulgent slip. We all make mistakes sometimes. That is, all except Alber Elbaz.