The fashion world was shocked when veteran Lanvin designer, Alber Elbaz, got fired from the brand last year. At a time when many designers were leaving fashion houses, not many seemed optimistic at the state of play in the fashion industry.
Fast forward to 2016, at Bouchra Jarrar’s first showing for Lanvin. Sure, she is no Alber Elbaz, but her collection still hit all the right notes for me. The sheer pieces played up the sensuality of the female body; but the masculine jackets brought a nice contrast to the outfits. And amen to the flats!
I actually was lucky enough to have the great designer Alber Elbaz who formerly designed at Lanvin for the past ten years and is originally Israeli also. He did all of my costumes for [A Tale of Love and Darkness]. We really wanted to tell a story through the wardrobe. I like this European elegance that they had but also poverty. They don’t have a lot and she’s wearing the same clothes over and over again. But they’re beautiful clothes that she had from Europe. She had three outfits. Also the clothes helped tell the passage of time. We go from a more 40’s silhouette to a more 50’s silhouette which helps us understand the time that has gone by.
I like first class, but I don’t like first class people- I prefer the people in coach. I like fine restaurants, but prefer the taste of McDonalds. I like to be perfect, but I don’t like perfection- I think it’s dangerous: there is nothing after perfection. I know, I am a walking contradiction.
Alber Elbaz, speaking at the Vogue Festival 2013.
In Retrospect: Oscar de la Renta’s Timeless Designs
The fashion industry mourns the loss of iconic designer Oscar de la Renta, who died on October 20 at 82 years old from complications due to cancer. From being an art student in Madrid, an apprentice for renowned Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga to designing for Lanvin and Balmain, eventually launching his own fashion label and dressing up some of the world’s most famous and beautiful women, de la Renta’s legacy echoes through his timeless, feminine, and elegant designs.
Marjorie Jonas, assistant conservator at The Museum at FIT, explains her
conservation treatment of a 1928 silk dress by designer Jeanne Lanvin
so that it could go on display in the exhibition Faking It:
Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, on view December 2, 2014 - April