Head of The House: Designers and their Eponymous Brands

  1. Yves Saint Laurent on the day before the opening of his first collection for Dior, Paris, 1957.
  2. Coco Chanel puts the finishing touches to a new creation in her Parisian fashion atelier, 1959.
  3. Cristóbal Balenciaga in his study at La Reinerie, 1962.
  4. Elsa Schiaparelli testing out hats on the model’s head, 1951. 
  5. Pierre Balmain and Paulette Caillaud, Paris, 1952.
  6. Hubert de Givenchy at his design house at the Plaine Monceau in Paris, 1955.
  7. Jeanne Lanvin sitting at her desk, 1934.
  8. Christian Dior in one of his ateliers, amply stocked with luxurious fabrics, 1948.

Images via Getty - they have a wonderful archive of fashion photos. 


Backstage at Lanvin Spring/Summer 2017

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.

Natalie Portman