Posts Tagged ‘Lanvin’

A Season of Change

October 29, 2015


A look from Lanvin's Spring 2016 runway show

A look from Lanvin’s Spring 2016 runway show

The fashion world has been turned upside down in recent weeks, with high profile departures taking place at some of the most revered French houses. When Americans Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang handed over the reigns at Parisian brands Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga respectively, the moves raised several impeccably groomed eyebrows. This week’s news however, has rocked the world of fashion in a more profound way.
Raf Simons, the Creative Director at Christian Dior announced his resignation earlier this week, in a suprise move that stunned the industry. Mr. Simons had spent only 3 1/2 years at the house, yet was a driving force in reviving the venerable brand which he took over after the very controvesal departure of John Galliano.
Yesterday, Alber Elbaz, the longtime creative chief at Lanvin, announced his departure, apparently pushed out after a disagreement with the current owners.
When people of this calibre from labels this important are forced out, it is time to re-evaluate the role creativity plays in fashion.
In fashion, the creative team is often manipulated by the money people, who restrict the ability of the designer to move the product forward. Playing it safe often trumps great ideas, and the bean counter who looks at the past gets a bigger say in the outcome than the visionary who is looking at the future. Nobody is right until the customer votes by buying the product at full price. A quick glimpse at the sales and discount emails flooding my inbox tells me that isn’t happening. The art of fashion has been replaced by the art of the deal. Meetings take place to outline promotional strategies, not creative ones. Have we finally reached a breaking point?

Christian Dior Couture

Christian Dior Couture

As the fashion world undergoes a change at the highest levels, how will this trickle down to the high street brands? Will we finally begin to celebrate innovation over moderation, or is this the end of great fashion as we once knew it? Does the public care? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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Golden Girls

January 27, 2014

The ladies of the music world positively glowed in gold as they made their way across the red carpet:

Chrissy Teigen channeled old Hollywood glamour in her gorgeous gold gown by Johanna Johnson.


Taylor Swift went platinum in  shimmer by Gucci.


Amber Rose rocked golden stripes by Naeem Kahn.


Chiara brought maternity glam to the red carpet in her Emilio Pucci devoré gown.


Rita Ora wore a simple Lanvin frock in gold with a patina effect.


Coming Full Circle

March 11, 2013

Femininity abounds next fall, with soft swingy skirts taking center stage. Full, voluminous circle skirts made their appearance from some of the most sophisticated and influential designers. Retro insprired, yet modern, this silhouette is a must for next year.

Rochas showed full cut skirts hitting just below the knee in rich burgundy wool.



Prada went full circle in red leather.



Nina Ricci’s knee skimming skating skirt is paired with a fur trimmed top.

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

Elie Saab’s fitted bodice and full skirted dress in rich turquoise is tailored, yet feminine.

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Ports tweed ensemble pairs a circle skirt with a fitted coat.



Chanel kept it short and flirty for their hot pink suit.



Lanvin’s dress has retro flair. Giant insects optional.



Take a Shine to It

July 10, 2012

Metallic fabrics turned up on the runway this season, adding an unexpected sparkle to men’s fashion for Spring 2013.

Lanvin chose a classic platinum for their head to toe sportswear  looks.

Burberry took a shine to outerwear and shirts in colored metallic.

Neil Barrett paired a metallic leather jacket with easy khaki shorts.

Roberto Cavalli mixed matte and shine in monochromatic shades of lilac.

Cavalli also used silver pants as a foil to a classic white peacoat.

Futuristic fabrics add a modern and unexpected edge to familiar pieces. Are you ready to shine?


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