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

  • Model: Natasha Poly | Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier | Fashion Editor: Daniela Paudice | Hair: Julien D’Ys | Make-up: Fulvia Farolfi | Nails: Megumi Yamamoto | Designer: Lanvin Resort 2014
  • Model: Alyona Subbotina | Photographer: Beau Grealy | Styling: Kate Sebbah | Designer: Rodarte SS 2012
  • Actress: Kate Bosworth | Photographer: Kaiz Feng | Styling: Brad Goreski | Designer: Tom Ford A/W 2011
  • Model: Coco Rocha | Photographer: Greg Kadel | Fashion Editor: Brana Wolf | Designer: Lanvin SS 2009
  • Model: Lottie Hayes | Photographer: Gregory Derkenne | Styling: Stephane Gaudrie | Hair: Tomoko Ohama  | Make-up: Yumi Endo | Designer: Prada SS 2014
  • Model: Kasia Struss | Photographer:  Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist) | Milan Fashion Week: Gucci Spring 2013 RTW
  • Model: Kasia Struss | Photographer: Philippe Vogelenzang | Styling: Darcy Backlar | Designer: Couture Gucci Fall 2013
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 25, 2015


GDYB with others @ 2014 F/W Paris Fashion Week (Harper’s Bazaar Magazine Coverage)!

  • Model Park Soo Joo
  • Thom Browne
  • JUUN.J
  • Rick Owens
  • Karl Lagerfeld
  • Carol Lim & Humberto Leon (Opening Ceremony Founders)
  • Lucas Ossendrijver (Lanvin Designer)
  • Alber Elbaz (Lanvin Designer)
  • Carine Roitfeld (Former Vogue Paris Editor In Chief)
  • Stefano Pilati (Former Saint Laurent Creative Director)