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Lanvin Acquired by Chinese Conglomerate Fosun

A very Chinese twist in the heart of Paris. Fosun International Ltd. has acquired a majority stake in French fashion house Lanvin for an undisclosed sum as Chinese conglomerates build up their luxury-goods holdings reports Bloomberg. Read more

Who is Olivier Lapidus, Lanvin’s new artistic director

Who is Olivier Lapidus, Lanvin's new artistic director

Olivier Lapidus has replaced Bouchra Jarrar as artistic director at Lanvin, amid plans to revamp the brand as “a French Michael Kors,” reports BoF.
Following the (not that unexpected) departure of Bouchra Jarrar after two collections, Olivier Lapidus, the son of Ted Lapidus who pioneered “unisex clothes and designed clothes worn by the Beatles and Françoise Hardy”, has previously held roles at Balmain Homme as well as running Maison Lapidus alongside his father. The “e-couture” expert who has recently designed the interiors of the four-star Hotel Félicien in Paris, will show his first collection for the house for spring/summer 2018 at Paris Fashion Week. Read more

Lanvin’s porcelain beauty

Not many may know that haute couture designer and Lanvin founder Jeanne Lanvin created her first dolls as the apprentice to a milliner. Years later the established fashion designer used to sell her dolls displayed in the windows, sometimes giving them as gifts to her customers’ daughters. Read more

Bouchra Jarrar Named Lanvin’s artistic director

The news are in and confirmed. “Bouchra Jarrar is a talented and visionary designer. She is the obvious choice for Lanvin,” says Michèle Huiban, chief executive officer of the house, which was founded in 1889 by Jeanne Lanvin. “Her talent, her high standards and her mastery of cuts and fabrics will bring a breath of freshness and modernity into the house, while respecting its soul as the oldest Paris fashion house, a symbol of French elegance.” Read more

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The essential Alber Elbaz words you must read

“It is very difficult to keep a calm voice in the midst of a drama, but how is it that Alber Elbaz—one of the most loved, most prolifically creative, most hardworking and loyally long-serving designers—has actually been dismissed?” Read more

This is Alber Elbaz’s manifesto

Aiming to cast a light on the personal universe of Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz, Lanvin’s Creative Director for the last 14 years, the forthcoming exhibition at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris will document the design and fitting process, the emotion during the preparations of the shows and the beauty of creation, in a truly personal way. Read more

Legendary vintage haute couture on sale  

“I can’t say it breaks my heart because whoever buys these dresses will do so because they love them. It’s a life change for the dress – call it an amicable divorce!” told Didier Ludot, France’s greatest “fashion antiquarian”, on the upcoming “Rencontres Couture à Paris” Read more

A very Lanvin night in Paris

“People have been telling me over and over again how they would love to wear some of these dresses now, 100 years later,” said fashion museum’s curator Olivier Saillard. “Maybe that speaks to where fashion is heading, toward more simplicity and things that you hold on to forever—like we do with design.”

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