Ladies & Gents. Run Don’t Walk.

5 Nov

(Orignal sketch by Jeanne Lanvin)

Lanvin (pronounced lawn vaughn) is one of my absolute favorite design houses. Every time I watch a red carpet event, I silently choose which dress is my favorite and without exception it is always Lanvin.

Starting on November 20th in America and the 23rd in Europe, H&M will be launching its

Lanvin ♥’s H&M collection!!!

This event/sale = affordable couture. Très affordable, meaning everything is under $250. I hate the “texting” vernacular but this calls for a major OMG.

Here is a little history in excerpts and photos to give a perspective on how amazing this collaboration is.

Lanvin is the oldest fashion house in Paris. According to Wikipedia, “In 1909, Jeanne Lanvin began making beautiful clothes for her daughter and they began to attract the attention of a number of wealthy people who requested copies for their own children. Soon, Lanvin was making dresses for their mothers, and some of the most famous names in Europe were included in the clientele of her new boutique on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris. She became known for her exquisite robes de style, as well as her modern and global approach to the fashion industry.”

This is one of the original advertisements that was later emulated in gold by Paul Iribe as the insignia of the brand. It is still used today on the logo and stamped into every unit of production.

Some of Jeanne’s original sketches and the dresses they became.

In 2001, after working for Geoffrey Beene, Yves Saint Laurent, Guy Laroche and Krizia; Alber Elbaz took over as Artistic Director of the House of Lanvin. The label was in dire straights up until his arrival and has since blossomed again into a “Must Have, Must Wear” couture and ready-to-wear design house.

Some fashion experts say Alber Elbaz is the best designer in the world. In my humble opinion, his interpretations are constantly on the mark and his collections are pieces of art.

Runway Looks

Below are some of my favorites from the H&M collection. I can’t say I am in LOVE with the campaign but the items themselves are amazing!!

Luella says…This is the rainy day you were saving for.

Pour ELLE

Pour HOMME

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2 Responses to “Ladies & Gents. Run Don’t Walk.”

  1. olivia.v.b November 6, 2010 at 12:52 AM #

    I love your post! So different than the hundreds i have been reading on this topics!!! And I love the vintage illustrations!!!

    http://twitter.com/Frenglish_style
    http://onmydreamcloud.blogspot.com/

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