Lanvin Announces New Artistic Director

Lanvin Announces New Artistic Director

Olivier Lapidus will show his first collection with the brand in October.

Olivier Lapidus will show his first collection with the brand in October.

Text: Christina Cacouris

Following the surprise departure of Bouchra Jarrar, Lanvin has appointed a new creative director: Olivier Lapidus.

The house has struggled to find its footing since Alber Elbaz’s exit in 2015, reporting a 23% drop in sales in 2016. Jarrar's stint was short lived: 16 months compared to Elbaz's 14 years.

The incoming Lapidus was previously creative director for Balmain Homme in 1985, and currently runs his own label, Creation Olivier Lapidus (described as an e-couture brand). It's likely that his interest in technology will intersect with the new collections shown by Lanvin under his leadership.

The house will be making other changes as well; the atelier itself will be leaving its storied office on the Boissy d’Anglas where Jeanne Lanvin originally opened, and soon will move to a larger corporate headquarters on the outskirts of Paris. Lanvin is one of the only houses independent of conglomerates like Kering or LVMH, which control the majority of the industry. It's also France's oldest fashion brand.

Lanvin will show its next collection under Lapidus' tutelage this October in Paris.

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