Lanvin. Lahn. Van. Clothes of fantasy, finery, and femininity. From Jeanne-Marie Lanvin’s original designs to Alber Elbaz’s modern take, the oldest fashion house still in operation is quintessential French couture. Originally trained as a milliner, Jeanne-Marie later studied under a Parisian dressmaker and founded Lanvin in 1889. Lanvin's first creations were outfits for her daughter, Marguerite, but soon her little girl’s gorgeous dresses became so admired that the ladies of Parisian society were clamoring for versions of their own. Thus did Madame Lanvin become famous for her matching mother-daugher outfits, which honored a bond that would be a resounding theme throughout her career.
Lanvin’s love for her daughter is sewn into the fabric of her clothes. The sweet, iconic Lanvin logo shows Jeanne-Marie and her daughter in signature full skirt gowns, and is instantly recognizable on Lanvin labels and bottles of the house’s famous perfumes like Arpége and My Sin. Fittingly, Marguerite inherited control of the company when her mother passed away in 1946, but what followed was a long period of changes in ownership and control that left the label foundering.
While this period is often passed over by fashion history, it's during this time, in the 60's and 70s especially, that Lanvin turned out amazing collections of op art printed day wear. Obviously we're huge fans of a good geo print, and a classic Lanvin logo shirtdress is a closet must-have. Lanvin's 70s era prints incorporate color and contrast, and racous, eye-catching patterns that play with the repetition of their other well-known logo, Jeanne Marie's typographically striking initials, JL.
And in 2001, enter Alber Elbaz. A cherubic fop often wearing an oversized bowtie in fabric as beautiful as that of his gowns, Elbaz’s artistic direction has revitalized the house of Lanvin. His sumptuous designs, with their velvet and grosgrain ribbon details, unfailingly flatter the female form and exhibit his mastery of drape and construction. In addition to breathing new life into Lanvin’s high fashion offerings and restoring the house’s financial success, Elbaz brought Lanvin’s playful sophistication to the masses with his hit 2010 collection for H & M. With Alber at the helm, Lanvin has garnered a new generation of devotees, and its legacy endures into its third century of operation. Get your hands on a piece of Lanvin history!
Designers: Jeanne-Marie Lanvin, Alber Elbaz.
Where You’d Find Them: Jeanne-Marie: rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, fitting her daughter for a dress. Alber: clocking long hours in the studio, on the arms of much taller models, H & M.
Style: Empire waists, embroidery, ‘Lanvin blue,’ bows & grosgrain ribbons, graphic op art prints, velvet & silk satin, mothers & daughters.
Clients: Ladies of early 20th century Parisian society, girls ages 4-14, statement-making 70s secretaries, Michelle Obama, celebrity fashionistas.
The pop of color. Neon and pastel accents are everywhere you turn this season. From belts to shoes to jewelry, bright hues are a breath of fresh air after so much neutral.
Feeling drab? The colorful clutch bag, whether envelope or oversized, could be just what you need to freshen things up.
1. Brian Atwood | 2. via Pinterest | 3. Thrifted & Modern $42 | 4. via Pinterest | 5. DIY Swellmayde | 6. Prada | 7. via Pinterest | 8. Sass & Bide | 9. Thrifted & Modern $38 | 10. Steve Madden via The Simple Swan
Get bit! This time around, snake print is elevated in sheer flowy garments and updated in pastels and brights.
Chloé Fall/Winter '11 Ad Campaign
Chloé Fall/Winter '11 Collection
Just Cavalli Spring/Summer '12 Ad Campaign
via Tribune Standard FW '12 RTW Lookbook (1), Just Cavalli SS '12 Collection (2), Maje SS '11 Lookbook
Pair it with another print in a contrasting color or mix it with weightier fabrics like leather; snake looks good with just about anything.
Check out some of our vintage and new snake pieces!
We are proud to announce that one of Lindsay's very own photography students, Martine Pinnel, is one of the top ten finalists for Bottega Veneta and Vogue's 'New Exposure' contest, the very first of an annual search for the next extraordinary and undiscovered talent in photography.
For Martine, photography has always given her the creative freedom to capture and bring to life her stories and ideas. At 19, Martine decided to moved to America, where she attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco on scholarship from her home of Luxembourg, working tirelessly and eventually going on to win the best portfolio of her graduating class.
The following is some of Martine's beautiful work—
Please take a second to vote for Martine in the New Exposure contest, here.
Today is officially the first day of summer and to celebrate we have partnered with Chictopia to bring you some of our favorite pieces at discounts of 20-50% off when you purchase directly through our Chictopia Shop!
We will be listing up to 5 items per day between now and July 4th, so get ready! Sale items are on a first come first serve basis and are likely to move fast.
We have already kicked off our first 5 items at 50% off. Ready. Set. Go!