Tag Archives: Yves Saint Laurent

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.



Nadine in New York.

22 Sep



 I am missing New York fashion market week for the first time in 8 years. It feels very strange to not look forward to enjoying the onset of Fall weather and being able to finally wear the items I have been patiently saving all Summer. (Although, if you live in Southern California,  you know I should have been wearing them these past two months when it has been overcast and 60 degrees.)

I digress, my great friend and hairstylist Nadine went on a last-minute trip to NYC this past weekend with her cute fiancé. Besides telling her to have a wonderful time and visit some of my favorite restaurants, I gave her strict instructions. Shop around and take some quick Polaroid shots of your LOVE items so I can post them here as Nadine in New York.

Nadine’s choices  inspired me and I spent my afternoon diving into the design houses of YSL, Chloe & Martin Grant’s  Autumn/Winter 2010 collections on Style.com. I then took the liberty of choosing some of my own LOVE items to share.

Enjoy the essence of Ready to Wear.

MARTIN GRANT is an Australian born designer

Fashion House: PARIS



YVES SAINT LAURENT is designed by Stefano Pilati  

Fashion House: PARIS 



CHLOÉ is designed by Hannah MacGibbon

Fashion House: PARIS




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