Jeanne Lanvin’s apartment in Paris

31/07/2011

via fashioned by love | Jeanne Lanvin apartment in Paris
Jeanne Lanvin’s apartment on 16 rue Barbet-de-Jouy decorated by Armand-Albert Rateau

Lanvin dresses in fashion editorials

30/07/2011

via fashioned by love | Lanvin Spring/Summer 2011
 For the love of Lanvin and fashion I’m dedicating this Saturday post to three stunners from the Spring 2011 collection.

via fashioned by love | Lanvin Spring/Summer 2011
via fashioned by love | Lanvin Spring/Summer 2011
via fashioned by love | Lanvin Spring/Summer 2011
via fashioned by love | Lanvin Spring/Summer 2011
via fashioned by love | Lanvin Spring/Summer 2011
via fashioned by love | L'Express Styles March 2011 (photography: Jean-Francois Campos, styling: Mika Mizutani
via fashioned by love | Chanel Iman in Elle UK February 2011 (photography: David Vasiljevic, styling: Anne-Marie Curtis)
via fashioned by love| Isabeli Fontana in Vogue Spain (photography: Greg Kadel, styling: Katie Mossman)
via fashioned by love | Linda Vojtova in Marie Claire US March 2011 (photography: Txema Yeste, styling: Alison Edmond)
via fashioned by love | Abbey Lee Kershaw in Numero #123 May 2011 (photography: Tom Munro)
Valeria Melnik in Vogue Hellas July 2011 (photography: Thanassis Krikis)
via fashioned by love | Harper's Bazaar UK April 2011
via fashioned by love | Nicole Hofman in Air France Madame April 2011 (photography: Nikos Popadopolous, styling: Virginie Dhello)
via fashioned by love | Rosanna Georgiou in Marie Claire Greece April 2011 (photography: George Katsanakis)
via fashioned by love | Rosanna Georgiou in Marie Claire Greece April 2011 (photography: George Katsanakis)
via fashioned by love | Cindy Crawford in Elle Bulgaria August 2011 (photography: Chen Man Zhang Jing)
via fashioned by love | Caroline Trentini in Elle France March 2011 (photography: Jean-Baptiste Mondino, styling: Friquette Thevenet, Tamara taichman & Anne-Marie Broulliet)
via fashioned by love | Saskia de Brauw in i-D March 2011 (photography: Kacper Kasprzyk, styling: Erika Kurihara)
via fashioned by love | Coco Rocha in ST Fashion March 2011 (photography: Alex Cayley, styling: Rolando Beauchamp)
via fashioned by love | Nuyou Singapore April 2011
via fashioned by love | Carola Remer in Self-Service March 2011 (photography: Daniel Jackson, styling: Marie Chaix)
via fashioned by love | Daria Werbowy in Vogue US April 2011 (photography: Mert & Marcus, styling: Tonne Goodman)
via fashioned by love | Raquel Zimmermann in Vogue Nippon March 2011 (photography: Inez & Vinoodh, styling: George Cortina)
via fashioned by love | Vogue Italia February 2011 (photography: Emma Summerton, styling: Edward Enninful)
via fashioned by love | Anja Rubik in Vogue Paris May 2011 (photography: Mikael Jansson, styling: Anastasia Barbieri)
via fashioned by love | Iselin Steiro & Kinga Rajzak in Lanvin Spring/Summer 2011 campaign (photography: Steven Meisel)
via fashioned by love | Helena Christensen in Harper's Bazaar Russia may 2011 (photography: Luis Sanchis, styling: Natalia Alaverdyan)
Nuyou Singapore April 2011
via fashioned by love | Daphne Groeneveld in Vogue Paris February 2011 (photography: Mario Sorrenti, styling: Carine Roitfeld)
via fashioned by love | Lara Stone in Vogue China May 2011 (photography: Inez & Vinood)
As Alber Elbaz said, some dresses are created for women and the others – for fashion editorials: these particular forget-me-nots seem to be stylists’ most favourite pieces.

Photo sources: Lanvin Spring/Summer 2011 runaway images via stylebistro.com, Sara Bloomqvist in  L'Express Styles March 2011 (photography: Jean-Francois Campos, styling: Mika Mizutani), Chanel Iman in Elle UK February 2011 (photography: David Vasiljevic, styling: Anne-Marie Curtis), Isabeli Fontana in Vogue Spain (photography: Greg Kadel, styling: Katie Mossman), Linda Vojtova in Marie Claire US March 2011 (photography: Txema Yeste, styling: Alison Edmond), Abbey Lee Kershaw in Numero #123 May 2011 (photography: Tom Munro), Valeria Melnik in Vogue Hellas July 2011 (photography: Thanassis Krikis), Harper's Bazaar UK April 2011, Nicole Hofman in Air France Madame April 2011 (photography: Nikos Popadopolous, styling: Virginie Dhello), Rosanna Georgiou in Marie Claire Greece April 2011 (photography: George Katsanakis), Cindy Crawford in Elle Bulgaria August 2011 (photography: Chen Man Zhang Jing), Caroline Trentini in Elle France March 2011 (photography: Jean-Baptiste Mondino, styling: Friquette Thevenet, Tamara taichman & Anne-Marie Broulliet), Saskia de Brauw in i-D March 2011 (photography: Kacper Kasprzyk, styling: Erika Kurihara), Nuyou Singapore April 2011, Coco Rocha in ST Fashion March 2011 (photography: Alex Cayley, styling: Rolando Beauchamp), Carola Remer in Self-Service March 2011 (photography: Daniel Jackson, styling: Marie Chaix), Daria Werbowy in Vogue US April 2011 (photography: Mert & Marcus, styling: Tonne Goodman), Raquel Zimmermann in Vogue Nippon March 2011 (photography: Inez & Vinoodh, styling: George Cortina), Vogue Italia February 2011 (photography: Emma Summerton, styling: Edward Enninful), Anja Rubik in Vogue Paris May 2011 (photography: Mikael Jansson, styling: Anastasia Barbieri), Iselin Steiro & Kinga Rajzak in Lanvin Spring/Summer 2011 campaign (photography: Steven Meisel), Helena Christensen in Harper's Bazaar Russia may 2011 (photography: Luis Sanchis, styling: Natalia Alaverdyan), Nuyou Singapore April 2011, Daphne Groeneveld in Vogue Paris February 2011 (photography: Mario Sorrenti, styling: Carine Roitfeld), Lara Stone in Vogue China May 2011 (photography: Inez & Vinood)

Jeanne Lanvin: the story

29/07/2011

Unlike Coco Chanel, Paul Poiret or Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeanne Lanvin was a very private

Alber Elbaz: I spend my day perfecting a dress

28/07/2011

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I always wear a dinner jacket. I never have this definition of what goes for the morning or the evening or what works for the weekend. I like having the freedom to dress as I desire. But yes, I do wear a dinner jacket for dinner. I like to respect that sort of dress code although I often machine-wash my tuxedo so it looks very mucked-up and I will wear a bow tie, but I don't do it perfectly because I don't know how to do that knot, so I do it my way.

Usually, I spend my day perfecting a dress rather than perfecting myself. Thank God I don't have to look like a model to promote my work, because that would be a catastrophe. Nobody would buy anything! I'm behind the scenes. I could be on a diet of leaves and go to the gym 17 times a week if I really wanted it, but what I really want to do is my work. But I have asked myself: if I had a different look, would I design differently? And I think I would. I think the fact that I never feel perfect and I never feel beautiful and I never feel skinny makes me search for lightness and beauty, because these are what I feel I am missing. I always go for whatever I think I don't have.

If I wasn't a designer I would love to be a doctor. That is my fantasy, my dream. A doctor will give you a tablet if you have a headache and I will give you a dress and we both make you feel good.

The name I was born with is Albert, with a 't'. I lost the 't' because I moved to New York and I thought, it just doesn't sound good, 'Albert', not pronounced like at home, 'Alber', so I took off the 't' and got into coffee so I could live in New York, though now I live in Paris. In Judaism, in Kabbalah, which we studied in school, every letter has a power. By changing your name, you might change your life and when I took that letter out, my life did change. I was introduced to a rhythm, a speed I never had before.

When I was in kindergarten in Tel Aviv, I didn't do any drawings of aeroplanes, only dresses, and my mother asked the teacher if that was OK and the teacher said, 'Let him do it'. Is my mother an influence? You know, there would be an interesting survey on designers and their mothers. Mine - her name is Alegria - is an elegant woman but it's not like one of those stories of, 'Oh, my mother had this beautiful sable coat from Christian Dior and she wore it in Switzerland'.

My father, who was a hair colourist, died when I was young so my mother had to work very hard. But at the same time, I do believe that if you have everything, it is easy to make a dinner. When you only have flour and water and olives and potatoes, you have to be much more creative and that's what my mother is all about. She had very little but from nothing she always made something.

Some of my clothes I keep forever. I have a pair of blue shoes by Dries van Noten I wore to a meeting that changed my career. They are still my lucky shoes. But mostly I wear black. I work by looking at what I am creating in the mirror and I want to stay in the shadows. I keep my clothes for a long time. I'm not changing every season any more than I am designing a new collection and throwing the last one out. I have things I have worn again and again, but over the years, I alter them, I make them longer, shorter, I change the armhole, I change the shoulder. One of my biggest fears is arriving to the airport and checking in my suitcase because I never know if I will get it back, and I wear the same clothes, you see, day and night, winter and summer.

As to seeing women in my designs, of course I get excited. I'm not a blasé guy. I'm not taking things for granted. I'm not on a high from my own work or anything, I'm very realistic; I work and I know what I create has to go from my studio to a certain reality check.

The easiest thing would be to name some celebrity, but it is very impressive if someone wants something to wear to the Oscars. Of course it is like, 'Wow!' But I get the same thrill when I am in the boutique and I see a woman and she looks good and she looks at herself in a different way; then it is no longer about the dress but how she feels. That touches me and it moves me.

Have I had tough times? I believe in karma and I believe things happen for a reason. Ghandi said that at the end of our lives we will be sorry only for what we have not done. So if you do a lot, you go through a lot. I take nothing for granted and today I know things happened for a reason and it pushed me to a better place. At the time [of being fired from YSL] I was sorry. I am grateful now.

I think this is a fascinating time in design. Vintage is over. This is going to be a very important moment in fashion because we cannot just reproduce; we did the Twenties already, we did the Thirties, the Fifties, the Sixties, up to the Nineties. Instead, we have to think. We have to start inventing again.

This article was written by Marion Hume for The Observer’s How I get dressed series. The title of the original article was changed by me based on one of his quotes from the interview.

Photo source: The Observer Woman January 2007

Stylish quote

27/07/2011

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If clothes look beautiful on the hangers they won’t necessarily look beautiful on the body. And that clothes which may not look good on the hanger, may look good on the body. Mr Geoffrey Beene once told me that fashion is not what’s on the back or the front of a coat but what’s in between.”

Alber Elbaz

Photo & quote source: i-D spring 2010

Beautiful reign of Alber Elbaz

26/07/2011

Alber Elbaz with one of his creations from Lanvin Spring/Summer 2010 collection photographed by Tim Walker for Vanity Fair January 2010
"A woman told me that every time she wears Lanvin, men fall in love with her."
Alber Elbaz

Lanvin Fall/Winter 2000 campaign

25/07/2011

via fashioned by love | Colette Pechekhonova in Lanvin Fall/Winter 2000-2001 campaign (photography: Craig McDean)
Aren’t those colours and sensual and tactile textures just dreamy? This campaign is one of my most favourite Lanvin advertisements ever and I decided to use it to open my fashion week dedicated to everything Lanvin, from history of the house and its creator to the magic of a Lanvin dress that really does make a woman feel beautiful.

via fashioned by love | Colette Pechekhonova in Lanvin Fall/Winter 2000-2001 campaign (photography: Craig McDean)
via fashioned by love | Colette Pechekhonova in Lanvin Fall/Winter 2000-2001 campaign (photography: Craig McDean)
Photo source: Colette Pechekhonova in Lanvin Fall/Winter 2000-2001 campaign (photography: Craig McDean)

Summer in Chanel

24/07/2011

via fashioned by love | Freja Beha, Ines de la Fressange & Stella Tennant in Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 Campaign (photography: Karl Lagerfeld)
Oh the world of Chanel created by Lagerfeld…
One glamorous summer party…

via fashioned by love | Freja Beha, Ines de la Fressange & Stella Tennant in Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 Campaign (photography: Karl Lagerfeld)
via fashioned by love | Freja Beha, Ines de la Fressange & Stella Tennant in Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 Campaign (photography: Karl Lagerfeld)
via fashioned by love | Freja Beha, Ines de la Fressange & Stella Tennant in Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 Campaign (photography: Karl Lagerfeld)
via fashioned by love | Freja Beha, Ines de la Fressange & Stella Tennant in Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 Campaign (photography: Karl Lagerfeld)
via fashioned by love | Freja Beha, Ines de la Fressange & Stella Tennant in Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 Campaign (photography: Karl Lagerfeld)
via fashioned by love | Freja Beha, Ines de la Fressange & Stella Tennant in Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 Campaign (photography: Karl Lagerfeld)
via fashioned by love | Freja Beha, Ines de la Fressange & Stella Tennant in Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 Campaign (photography: Karl Lagerfeld)
via fashioned by love | Freja Beha, Ines de la Fressange & Stella Tennant in Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 Campaign (photography: Karl Lagerfeld)
via fashioned by love | Freja Beha, Ines de la Fressange & Stella Tennant in Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 Campaign (photography: Karl Lagerfeld)
P.S. If the life was fair, every girl would definitely have a piece of Chanel in her wardrobe. That’s how I feel about it. Don’t you?

Photo source: Freja Beha, Ines de la Fressange & Stella Tennant in Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 Campaign (photography: Karl Lagerfeld)