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Founder Jeanne Lanvin always held elegance as her primary objective. Today, collections are designed by Olivier Lapidus, who showcases an expertise for adding contemporary charm to the label’s heritage.


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About the designer

Lanvin is the oldest French fashion house that is still active. Jeanne Lanvin established her couture label in the famous Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in 1889. She started as a milliner and went on to dress Paris’ upper class with feminine and flattering designs. Lanvin had no particular look that characterised her creations. She followed her instinct and held women’s confidence as her main objective.

In 2001, Alber Elbaz was assigned Creative Director for all activities, and Lucas Ossendrijver joined him as the head of the men’s line in 2006. Bouchra Jarrar took the helm from Elbaz in 2016, but only launched two collections before leaving the label in July 2017. Olivier Lapidus stepped up to take the role while adding an innovative and refreshing appeal to the Lanvin persona.

Collection spring/summer 2018

As Oliver Lapidus' debut as head designer at Lanvin, the spring/summer 2018 collection did not overwhelm with newness but instead kept things positively simple. The show started with a trail of all-black ensembles; barely-there dresses held by thin straps, sharp tuxedo tailoring and flowy chiffon gowns. The pitch-black veil was lifted with sudden bright colours, namely potent pinks and gutsy reds, followed by soothing azures. Retro patterns joined the stripped back fabrics in solid shades, clearly nodding to the logo fever of the early aughts. Leather wrap-around belts added an offhand sensibility to the evening allure of the dresses, while the open backs and deep cut V-necks felt utterly seductive.