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.

“I welcome Olivier Lapidus as Lanvin artistic director whose creative capacity is in direct line with the elegance embodied by Jeanne Lanvin,” said Madame Shaw-Lan Wang, president of Lanvin. “His broad understanding of the universe of this house, of the world of fashion and design and his resolutely modern approach will bring Lanvin towards new horizons.”

Amid other changes BoF reports that the company will be moving on from its Boissy d’Anglas HQ – the original location of Jeanne Lanvin’s atelier – and instead taking a premises in the suburban Levallois area of north west Paris, a move that has been already described as “the end of an era.”

“It is a great honour to join Lanvin and I warmly thank Madame Wang for placing her confidence in me,” said Lapidus on his appointment. “With nearly 130 years of history, Lanvin is the oldest French couture house. To ensure its longevity is an immense task and an exciting challenge.”

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