"I just want to make people more beautiful and happy," says creative director Alber Elbaz. This simple yet powerful mantra echoes through everything Elbaz creates at Lanvin, whether it's a sculptural silk dress or a playful iPhone case.
A boundary-pushing fashion icon, Elbaz often tempers retro, ladylike silhouettes with unexpected materials. So it's no surprise to see edgy details in feminine shoes, balancing two sides of the Lanvin woman's personality.
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There's no need to mess with perfection. Elbaz is known for turning out fresh takes on his classic handbags, such as signature ribbon bows woven into chain-link straps. Muted metal hardware and broken-in leather toughen up the timeless designs.
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ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Milliner-turned-couturier Jeanne Lanvin founded her namesake brand in 1889, but it wasn't until Moroccan-born designer Alber Elbaz took the helm in 2001 that the French fashion house came to its current fruition. Building on his experience at Laroche and Yves Saint Laurent, Elbaz reintroduced updated classics—little black dresses, tailored skirt suits and flowing evening gowns—back into the modern woman's wardrobe.