Appointed as creative director of the house of Lanvin in 2001, Alber Elbaz has remained a constant at his designated “house” as we’ve seen other designer labels play the game of musical chairs with their creative directors. As a steady figure, he positioned Lanvin to become one of the most coveted labels in the industry.
Tonight, Elbaz will celebrate ten years with a party that will take place after the Lanvin show at Halle Freyssinet. To say “Elbaz will celebrate” may be a misstatement as the man himself, true to his personality, is not one for tooting his own horn. He is constantly looking for ways to become better in his role and isn’t the type to become too comfortable. Sounds like the ideal candidate for any role.
One of the reasons he is so adored by dedicated fans worldwide may be his “it’s never enough” demeanor and endearing tendency to reveal his self-doubt.
Ten years is truly a feat worth celebrating; but can we talk about the Lanvin business in numbers? Business is good. Two major successes last year include a 24 percent increase in sales and a collaboration with H&M that caused madness at the storefronts of participating stores hours before opening time.
An additional celebration is scheduled for April 26 in Beijing where Lanvin will showcase recent women’s and men’s collections in one huge, all-encompassing fashion show.
The Morocco-born, Israeli-bred designer moved to New York at the age of 26 and soon began working for Geoffrey Beene. In 1996 he was hired as the creative director of Guy Laroche and two years later he left for Yves Saint Laurent to design women’s ready-to-wear. After being fired from YSL three seasons later, he spent a season at Krizia in Italy and then took a one year leave from the fashion industry before he found his home at Lanvin in 2001.
A well-respected journey of a man who sets the standard for tenure in the fashion industry. His connection with women is evident in words and seen in his designs:
“I think that I was very alert to women, and I am seeing more and more that women are changing. Their lifestyle is becoming more and more difficult on a daily basis. So I was trying always to simplify their life…Women need something a little bit more easy in their wardrobe, instead of thinking every morning what goes with what, they just zip it in and at night zip it out. This is how I kind of evolve. I am thinking of something and, boom, I start to work around it.”
In a conversation with WWD‘s European editor, Miles Socha, “Elbaz Reflects On a Decade at Lanvin.” Read the full interview here.
March is often thought of as the most depressing month of the year. Stuck in the drab weather between winter and spring, no days off … so to spice it up a bit, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten ‘must see’ events happening all around LA this month. And there’s plenty more where these came from!
In 1945 Peter Balmain founded the Parisian label on the principles of haute-rocker style and a fine attention to detail. As of 2011, with Olivier Rousteing as creative director, the House of Balmain thrives through his efforts to connect the label’s heritage with its ongoing affair with rock and roll glamour.
Adding a second notch to his runway belt for Balmain, Rousteing sent a collection down the runway for Fall 2012 RTW that proved his efforts worthwhile. A unique blend of embellishments and embroidery were used in simultaneous fashion on jackets, tops, pants and dresses.
Every piece was touched by various methods of details formed into geometric shapes and extravagant patterns. Ornamentation of the silhouette was key and never did we see the notion of “more is more” make as much sense as it did at Balmain. Rousteing found a happy place this season where he managed to mesh every jewel of inspiration into a successfully executed assortment.
A few more of our favorite looks included ultra-slim embellished pants, velvet in it’s sexiest form and finally, the dark vibe of fashion week wouldn’t be complete without at least one shapely, all-black ensemble.
Spring hasn’t even officially begun on our calendar, so it’s strange to think about the next winter from now. But fashion designers are perpetually ahead about a year at a time…get a sneak peak at some of the more unconventional trends we’ll have to look forward to, come summer’s end…
1. Under Pants
No, we don’t mean wearing your skivvies out and about…this fall, try layering your skinnies (as in pants) underneath a pencil skirt or a dress.
2. Linebacker Shoulders
Hut, hut, hike! Guys, look handsome and tough in an extended shoulder, or even with shoulder pads if you’re so bold.
You couldn’t possibly look girly, just smart, with some of the briefcases, totes and oversized clutches for men peeking out for fall.
4. A Sleeve of their Own
Sleeves are taking charge of their identity with contrasting textures and colors.
5. Dramatic Monochromatic
Autumn is full of bright, falling leaves…blend in with just one tone, from head to toe.
6. Asian Persuasion
The Orient is trending for fall with beautiful silks, kimono style jackets, and Kabuki prints.
7. A Suit of a Different Color
What’s a black tie event? Forget your trusty black suit…it’s time to splash it up a bit.
8. Play Ball
Baseball caps were all over the runway for Fall/Winter 2012…in sleek leather and wide brims.
9. All Bound Up
Accessorize with bondage-inspired hip, waist and shoulder belts to make any outfit look fierce.
10. Annual Shorts
Who says shorts are just a Spring/Summer look? As long as you layer, you can look cool and stay warm for the upcoming seasons.
March is often thought of as the most depressing month of the year. Stuck in the drab weather between winter and spring, no days off … so to spice it up a bit, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten ‘must see’ events happening all around NYC this month. And there’s plenty more where these came from!
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Candy Box, c. 1983
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Mad Men fiends rejoice! There is a fix on our horizon, to cure this uncannily long withdrawal period. In less than a month, our favorite double D will be gracing our televisions once again…and we couldn’t be any more excited. Honestly, it’s been so long since the last episode that a refresher marathon is in order.
We do recall one huge happening right before the season ended, however. Playboy Draper proposed to his kid-friendly, legs for days secretary, Megan. Giving up the straight and narrow with Faye, only to land back with another ‘mother figure’ for the kids who knows nothing of his identity. We were all left stewing, perplexed and perhaps a bit disheartened at the fourth season finale.
So now that we’re heading back in, anything goes. All we have to read into for the next month are two promotion posters…the first, depicting Don Draper’s reflection on a store display window (displaying a rather familiar scandalous scene with mannequins). The second, simply a single man falling from nowhere…and looking quite like the dapper ad man, himself.
Creator, producer, and writer Matthew Weiner had this to say about the fifth season’s imagery:
“This is a dreamlike image,” Mr. Weiner said, likening it to work of the Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, who specialized in surreal, mannequin-like figures. The image is “a nonverbal representation of where my head is at and where the show will be. By the end of the season, I guarantee you’ll know what it is about.”
The season begins on March 25th and will be a full two hour movie (er, episode). So tune into AMC and let’s all give in to the temptation that is Mad Men.
The House of Dior adds a new member under it’s well-designed French roof with the launch of DiorMag, a digital magazine set to be the online voice of the brand and its products.
The first headline event to be highlighted this Friday is the company’s fashion show which will be live-streamed for the first time with Twitter coverage provided by blogger Susie Bubble.
According to WWD, DiorMag will kick off with eight articles and aspires to update online content almost daily. The name of whom the company has enlisted as editor in chief is yet to be revealed.
Editorial content is intended to entertain, inform and enlighten readers with news regarding everything Dior. Current events and happenings from 30 Avenue Montaigne as well as history of the brand, the man behind the brand and the company’s heritage will be shared via the new online platform.
An excerpt from today’s article: “Avenue Montaigne, 29th February, 2012″
This magazine is yours. Christian Dior called his autobiography Christian Dior and I. Here, it’s Christian Dior and You. Dior is yours.
We’ve noticed and appreciated an increase in the the fashion industry’s ongoing love affair with social media and live-streaming. As more designers embrace the digital world, new readers, viewers and fans are being engaged and loving everything the industry has to offer.