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Lanvin acquisition Battle between Qatari Mayhoola and Chinese Fosun

BREAKING: Qatari investment fund Mayhoola, owner of Italian fashion house Valentino, Balmain and Pal Zileri; and Chinese Fosun, a conglomerate behind French Club Med which made news end 2017 for its bid for Swiss luxury leather goods maker, Bally; are both in a battle to acquire majority stakes in French fashion couturier Lanvin.

Lanvin acquisition Battle between Qatari Mayhoola and Chinese Fosun

French multinational high fashion house Lanvin was founded by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889 and it is France’s oldest surviving couture house. In 1990, Lanvin was acquired by the Orcofi Group and then by L’Oréal six years later. In 2001, Taiwanese media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang took Lanvin private once more where it enjoyed a revival under design direction of Alber Elbaz.

Designer Alber Elbaz oversaw one of Lanvin’s most popular periods

Lanvin’s time in the spotlight lasted till Elbaz’s forced departure sent the French fashion house into a revenue slump and appointment of Bouchra Jarrar as Creative Director for Women’s Collection in March 2016 did little to solve the company’s woes, leaving Lanvin facing severe cash flow issues end 2017. Lanvin took an 18.3 million euro loss in 2016 and had been forecast (the company is private, thus is not required to publish profit and loss statements) to lose up to 27 million euros amidst plummeting sales, when Wang’s proposed cash injection by end 2017 never took place, Lanvin began to look ripe for acquisition.

Qatari Mayhoola and Chinese Fosun are both vying for Lanvin. Fosun recently lost their bid for Bally to Chinese textile giant Shandong Ruyi Group and so it’s understandable why they’re trying for another luxury brand. A Reuters source had informed the news outlet that a team from the Chinese group was due to visit Lanvin’s couture ateliers in Paris on Saturday.

One of Elbaz’s acclaimed collections and his sudden sacking was followed by two years of lacklustre performance

Mayhoola, bought French luxury fashion firm Balmain in 2016, and holds 100% stakes in Pal Zileri and Valentino fashion group, of the two suitors, Mayhoola looks better placed from brand management perspective. In 2014, Qatari Mayhoola offered Wang 400 million euros for Lanvin but was rejected. Chinese Fosun on the other hand, has a wide range of investments across multiple industries but is weaker in the luxury fashion segment.

Speaking in December 2017, Lanvin Managing Director Nicolas Druz intimated that a “sustained financial and industrial solutions that do not involve a capital increase will be found by end of March”.

Source: Reuters, South China Morning Post


Luxury Kidswear: The Next Big Market for Luxury

Gucci Kids SS 2017

In this current retail climate, luxury brands are downsizing. That is to say, they’re creating kid versions of their adult lines, catering to an ever younger market through luxury kidswear. Thanks to millennials and the growing number of celebrity couples churning out million dollar babies, the resulting social media frenzy from the Beckhams, Wests and Jolie-Pitts have changed the conversation from one of discovering new mediums for consumer engagement to now appealing to an entirely different class of consumer – the kids, through the most emotionally compromised shoppers on the planet, their parents.

Business of Luxury: Childrenswear, The Next Big Luxury Market

When popular English footballer David Beckham arrived at JFK airport in New York City in 2014, little was said about him, many of the reports were focused on his young daughter Harper and her chic hat and peacoat ensemble.

From Kingston and Zuma Rossdale (Gwen Stefani’s kids), to the scions of English Royalty: Prince George (UK Kidfluencer Prime according Forbes no less) and Princess Charlotte, fashion influencer clout is no longer wielded by over-exposed parents like Kim Kardashian but rather their celebrity offspring: North West, Suri Cruise and the like.

Left: Harper Beckham arriving at JFK with father, David. Right: Kingston Rossdale, son of Gwen Stefani

Their innocence, wrapped in a trapping of luxury, style and sometimes, attitude contributes to the appeal of whatever ensemble they happen to be rocking at the moment and luxury brands are only just beginning to entertain the idea of luxury kidswear, especially in developing economies like India, China, Indonesia and Singapore.

Luxury Brands taking Baby Steps

According to The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, the luxury kidswear market in India is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20%, hitting 95,000 crore or US$14 billion in 2016, making India one of the fast growing markets for the luxury kidswear segment.

All aboard the luxury childrenswear train. Image: Gucci Kids A/W 2017

Similarly, the luxury kidswear genre is also growing in China, fuelled by twin phenomena – the now defunct one child policy, which led to parents indulging in lavish gifts for their progeny as well as the issue of that of fu er dai – a Chinese term which literally refers to the second generation wealthy, millennials used to growing in such opulent lifestyles that the children they sire, also lead similar lifestyles and a propensity towards luxury. These are trends which statistics from the China Research Centre for Children’s Industry also reflect where the projected baby boom through till 2021 will see the mainland’s under-16 population grow over 400 million. In the Asia-Pacific region, luxury kidswear is expected to grow at a pace of 5.3% per annum in Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore as well.

The phenomena of burgeoning luxury sales in the children’s segment is reflected not just in the numbers but in media as well. According to Business of Fashion, Hypebeast, an industry pioneer in online luxury streetwear commentary launched Hypekids in March 2017, a new children’s vertical when Founder Kevin Ma, saw big data trends in his Hypebeast audience growing up and having kids.

“I think it’s a natural progression for us,” – Kevin Ma, Founder, Hypebeast

Launching with Kids Foot Locker as a sponsor, Hypekids will include style news and features on designers with their kids, as well as sell children’s items on Hypebeast’s global e-commerce platform, HBX. The site further posits that millennial parents — who are dressing their children in the same clothes as they dress themselves — are the driving force of the industry.

Balmain Kids

Additionally, rising purchasing power serves as another driver growth in the luxury kidswear segment and the market for designer childrenswear has also been spurred by increasing brand consciousness and the proliferation of online digital platforms which not only grow interest for ensembles for million dollar babies but also serve as a kind of new status symbol – you are no longer judged by what you wear but also what your kids wear, that aside, the reality is that while many millennials aren’t too fussy with what they wear, they certainly are cognisant of the fact that their children are growing up in cultural environs vastly different from that for their era.

 The Business of Luxury Kidswear

In 2013, the first Global Kids Fashion Week launched in London to mixed reception but even with social criticism, the genre continued to grow, encouraged by Burberry, an early adopter, selling $91 million in luxury kidswear in 2014, encouraging the entry of major luxury brands into the arena of childrenswear: Gucci, Armani, Fendi and recently Karl Lagerfeld in 2016 (UPDATE: Givenchy has just launched their kids line) have each launched clothing and accessories lines targeted specifically at children. Given that high street apparel brands like Zara, H&M and Marks & Spencer had found lucrative business in the childrenswear genre, it was only a matter of time before the bigwigs caught on.

Marc Jacobs Kids, officially – Little Marc Jacobs 2014

Gucci Kids 2017

According to Singapore Tatler, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Singapore was leading the charge in children’s luxury retail, opening a slew of standalone boutiques in 2014 –  Baby Dior, Fendi Kids and Ralph Lauren Children; and then adding to their portfolio of luxury children’s stores: Dolce & Gabbana Junior and Armani Junior in 2015-16.

“In today’s environment of exclusivity and quality, the retail experiences that the market is catering for adults and children are on par, this can be seen in numerous aspects, from the calibre of designs released by renowned fashion houses, to the extensive selection of apparel, right down to the VIP treatment.” – John Postle, vice president of retail at Marina Bay Sands to Singapore Tatler

In China alone, as many as 90% of kidswear labels have their own standalone boutiques but the rise of e-commerce is threatening to move this major market online: Net-a-Porter, a trailblazer in luxury eCommerce, registered the Petite-a-Porter domain name in 2013 (Though nothing has been launched at the moment).  Currently, former Vogue editors Sylvana Ward Durrett and Luisana Mendoza, have themselves launched Maisonette, a Farfetch-style platform that sells a curated selection from children’s boutiques.

Oscar de la Renta kids 2017

That said, while luxury childrenswear is booming, it isn’t exactly a new segment. In the early 70s, Dior and Ralph Lauren were pioneers to the kidswear genre but it must be said, they were likely too early as a nearly four decade drought persisted until Burberry, Chloe and Marc Jacobs reignited the furore. They were followed by Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Marni and Gucci, the latter being the most aggressive (by definition of campaign marketing). Even Oscar de la Renta is in on this, there’s no doubt that every self-respecting designer needs to have a children’s collection under the auspices of their brand. Surely a decisive strategy of building brand loyalty early and deepening their relationships with existing customers.

Currently, European and North American markets account for a major slice of the global kidswear market.  According to Euromonitor, 2015 sales for luxury kidswear reached $135.6bn worldwide and accounted for 12% of the overall clothing market, Meanwhile, research firm NPD Group Inc expects the luxury childrenswear market to hit US$ 173.6 billion by 2017 at CAGR of 4.2% driven by aggressive growth developing economies, particularly India and China where a healthy and growing middle class as well as targeted marketing by brands, increasing social media engagement and a spurt of international travel has created a cocktail of elements driving on luxury childrenswear consumption.

Will luxury watch brands follow suit? Image: Romain Jerome Hello Kitty

That said, rising labour costs do not bode well to the two largest consumers of luxury childrenswear as more and more luxury labels are forced to maintain margins by heading to Bangladesh where Zara, Massimo Dutti, Marks & Spencer, G-Star Raw and H&M are already present. Still, markets like Thailand and Taiwan are largely untapped and growth potential is immense and more importantly, imminently renewable as parents will attest to how quickly the little tykes outgrow their outfits.


3 Hottest Prints Trends: Spring/Summer 2017

Prints dominated the Spring/Summer 2017 collections and this trend is set to be big for the upcoming season. Ranging from retro to masculine, pop art and even minimalist chic, we take a look at three of the hottest print trends this season.

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From Isabel Marant to Chloé (main picture), Dries Van Noten, Michael Kors and even Prada, the retro vibe was out in in full force. Embracing the 70s effect, designers featured prints in the form of large flowers, big bright blooms as well as diamond and check prints. Shown in head to toe looks, the retro prints are set to make a comeback — talk about a blast from the past.

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Lanvin, Paul Ka, Chanel, Fendi (above) and Nina Ricci are keeping last season’s trend of stripes. Inpinstripes, widebands, horizontal and vertical, the pattern was seen on oversized shorts, dresses, overcoats, pants and coats. Another geometric print seen, was polka dots. In classic shades, the pattern was seen in collections for the likes of Dior. Patchwork also made a comeback on the runways with designers such as Marc Jacobs. Sporting bohemian and romantic discreet form of patchworking along with a 1990s version, the pattern proved to still be a hit after more than one season. Ellie Saab, on the other hand, went big on stars, embroidered or printed all over sumptuous dresses for an out-of-this-world look.

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Printed letters, numbers, logos, large motifs, quotes and slogans land as wearable messages this season as seen on Gucci (above). While Dolce & Gabbana is clearly a master of the genre, it isn’t the only label playing the game. The current craze for streetwear is buoying the trend, with potential buyers passing all kinds of messages from designers to the public at large. It’s a trend that’s fun, practical and light-hearted, and very much in line with the spirit of the season.

Saint Laurent Paris Fashion Week

5 Runway Trends: Paris Fashion Week

As far as the news cycle goes, Paris Fashion Week was overshadowed by the robbery involving Kim Kardashian and millions worth of jewelry. But that does not mean that the catwalks in the city delivered anything but the finest designs for the upcoming season. We take a look at five of the best runway trends from Paris Fashion Week.

Glitter Gang

The designers have brought the glitter to the catwalks in numerous ways. From the shiny vinyl fabrics that were used in jackets and skirts to tight 1980s-inspired off shoulder tops, Mugler and Kenzo brought some sparkle to their collections. Like Dior and Lanvin, Nicolas Ghesquiere used gold and silver gleam to provide a little rock-lux to the Louis Vuitton collection.

Under Where?
Lanvin Paris Fashion Week


Transparency is the name of the game for many this season. Most designers included at least one or two see-through dresses or tops in their collections with a majority of the sheer black tops and “Belle de Jour” tulle dresses were worn without bras on the runway. However, Chanel was one brand that used underwear as outerwear through lingerie dresses that were seen through most of the collection. Over at Lanvin and Agnes b, their silky pajama suits proclaimed “It’s summer, why get dressed at all…”

In Bad Taste

Saint Laurent’s Vaccarello went flashy with stilettos that had the letters YSL forming the heels. The designer also went with mono-boob dresses for women who preferred to make an entrance — or maybe Lady Gaga. There was no shame at Dior with the brand showing off the slogan “J’adore Dior” on shoulder straps, straps of its sandals and belts. Chanel embraced some style secrets of rappers by pairing its baseball caps with chunky rapper bling diamond jewelry.

Return Of The Establishments
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While the last few years have seen young rebel labels take over the runways, this fashion week has seen the likes of Dior, Saint Laurent, Lanvin and Leonard climb back to the top of the pile. While neither Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior nor Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent are revolutionaries, there is a edgy energy in their spring-summer collections that promises the old stagers could surprise us yet.

Tickled Pink

From Chanel to Valentino and Nina Ricci, pink hues proved to be another trend on the catwalks. Pale ivory pinks were dominant for lingerie dresses. Two toga dresses from Celine used the soft shade to cut the edgy oversized feel.

5 Runway Highlights: Paris Fashion Week SS17

It was a week filled with designer debuts, endearing expectations, and simply fearless fashion. As Paris Fashion Week closes this week, we highlight the five top trends from the spring/summer presentations in the city of lights:


We may not get transparency from nation leaders and corporations but our wardrobes have no such shortcomings. Among the see-through mavens were three of the highly-buzzed designer debut shows of the week.

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut at Dior (above) presented a series of gossamer lingerie tulle dresses. Meanwhile, Anthony Vaccarello delivered bra-less sheer tops and a mono-boob dress that exposed a single breast. Bouchra Jarrar’s Lanvin debut was more restrained and elegant, with a couple of bedroom/party-appropriate lingerie dresses.

Newcomer Neith Nyer and veteran stagers Carven, Rochas, Y Project, Vionnet and John Galliano at Maison Margiela all got in on the act too.

Gender Flux

Fashion has embraced androgyny and challenged gender stereotypes over the last few years. This week, transgender models turned up on the catwalks for Neith Nyer, Y Project, and Koche. Julien Dossena at Paco Rabanne evoked gender flux in a show inspired by 1960s sexual liberation, which seemed to fit in seamlessly in Woody Allen’s 1972 film Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.

A model presents a creation for Chloe during the 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on September 29, 2016 in Paris.BERTRAND GUAY / AFP © BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

One Bare Shoulder

Blame it on Hedi Slimane for resurrecting the 1980s trend with his final show for Saint Laurent, the now notorious love-it-or-more-likely-hate-it 1980s super-bling “bat-wing” shoulders collection. His successor Vaccarello didn’t exactly imitate the excess part, but did gave the off-the-shoulder part his own interpretation.

The “one bare shoulder” was translated to a floaty bohemian look at Chloe (above), and Barbara Bui’s shiny vinyl variant.  The trend was also spotted at Mugler, Wanda Nylon, Vionnet, Isabel Marant, Haider Ackermann and Yohji Yamamoto shows.



Frills are flourishing, despite the triumphant march of the minimalist brigade in the industry. Young Ukranian brand Paskal used frills as a contrasting accent to the otherwise minimalist collection, while Japanese street avant gardist Junya Watanabe folded frills into this geometrical origami creations. Anne Sofie Madsen, Andrew GN, Alexis Mabille, Lanvin (above), and even street-favorite label Off White also went the frilly direction.

Paule Ka - spring/summer 2017 - Paris © PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP

Converting Japanese

Kenzo, Yohji Yamamoto, and Comme des Garcons led the pack of an ever-expanding brood of Japanese designers participating in Paris Fashion Week, including Undercover, Junya Watanabe and Anrealage.

However, the influence of Japan on Western designers has been indisputably strong. Young talents Terra, Paule Ka’s (above) Alithia Spuri-Zampetti and Liselore Frowijn cited their trips to anime-land as the key to their collections. Japanese aesthetics and techniques were also widely seen on the catwalks.


Bouchra Jarrar pulled off an impeccable debut Lanvin show at Paris fashion week despite the storm clouds still swirling around the troubled French label.

Classy Jarrar Paris Show Lifts Lanvin

Bouchra Jarrar pulled off an impeccable debut Lanvin show on Wednesday at Paris fashion week despite the storm clouds still swirling around the troubled French label. The 45-year-old French designer took the helm of the fashion capital’s oldest couture house in March, five months after the shock sacking of its charismatic guiding light Alber Elbaz.

The hugely popular Elbaz had dragged the house from near oblivion during his 14 years in charge, and his departure sparked a revolt by staff and a haemorrhage of talent.

Jarrar’s appointment has not ended the turmoil surrounding the brand, with rumours persisting that a takeover could be in the offing to oust its redoubtable Taiwanese owner Shaw-Lan Wang.

But her first collection betrayed none of the behind the scenes drama, a procession of refined and elegant creations which exuded class.

All the Lanvin signatures of feathers and slightly bohemian narrow jackets were there, with pajama-stripe coats, embroidered flowers and silk trousers cut to fall perfectly over beaded flat sandals.

Unlike her own label’s daintily minimalist business day wear, these were clothes for parties, premieres and launches, and Jarrar brought in the big guns of the catwalk to model them, including Imaan Hammam, Liu Wen and Karlie Kloss, who finished the show.

Jarrar told AFP that she was zen despite all that was riding on the show, with Lanvin’s turnover sharply down. “I hate stress, I am someone who likes to anticipate things even if it means I have very full days,” she said.

And in as near a declaration that she is there for the long-haul, the quiet-spoken creator added, “I love to dress women, to reveal them to themselves… to cross borders between femininity and masculinity. Hence a wardrobe which shall evolve and echo itself from one season to the other.”

And the critics seemed to agree, with the Wall Street Journal’s Christina Blinkey tweeting afterwards that “Lanvin’s fortunes are about to change for the better”.

Creative Renaissance Expected at Paris Fashion Week

Seasonal changes are transformative but Paris Fashion Week this September is expected to reveal major creative shifts at some of the biggest names in luxury fashion. With so many new creative directors in place at France’s biggest fashion houses, this season’s Paris Fashion Week is supposed to bring a breath of fresh air to the capital.

These changes at the creative helm, collectively, represents a transformative time for labels, and one gets the sense that if revival and renewal don’t make a strong showing in the spring/summer 2017 season, the fashion world will be disappointed. This is likely because many of the wider changes in the fashion business will not be evident in Paris.

Paris Fashion Week is unlikely to see many – if any – of the combined menswear and womenswear collections on the agenda in Milan, New York and London. The same goes for the “see now buy now” concept. While fashion houses such as Burberry, Tom Ford and Michael Kors are bringing their latest collections to stores straight after their runway shows (globally in some cases), French fashion is resisting this revolution. Most French fashion houses will continue to operate on the traditional industry schedule for the upcoming round of shows.

So, the weight of expectations if fully on the creative directorship changeovers at many big houses, putting the French capital firmly in the spotlight. Some of the incoming designers’ first collections for their new employers are eagerly awaited in the fashion world.

Dior, Lanvin, Saint Laurent

The upcoming Dior show will be a particular focus of attention, overseen for the first time by Maria Grazia Chiuri. A former co-creative director of Valentino, the Italian fashion designer is the first woman to take the reins of Dior’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessories collections. The new ready-to-wear line is expected to mark a fresh start for the label, with particular emphasis on accessories, a domain in which Maria Grazia Chiuri notably excels.

Since a traumatic parting of ways with its emblematic creative director, Alber Elbaz, almost a year ago, Lanvin is also set to enter a new era in September. The label’s Paris show, scheduled September 28, will allow Bouchra Jarrar, now heading womenswear collections, to showcase the full extent of her talent and to bring a feminine, modern touch to Lanvin’s style.

The fashion world will also have its eyes on Saint Laurent this season, again due to a recent change in creative director. The upcoming show from Anthony Vaccarello, who replaced Hedi Slimane, will be especially eagerly awaited since his predecessor’s style was so intrinsically linked with the spirit of the brand. What’s more, his arrival has brought a few changes to the Paris schedule. Not only has Saint Laurent chosen to move its show to the first day of Paris Fashion Week, September 27, but Anthony Vaccarello also announced that he was putting work for his own label on hold, with no show in store for the Paris event.

Sonia Rykiel in the spotlight

The Sonia Rykiel show is likely to be emotionally charged at this season’s Fashion Week. Scheduled October 3 – barely a month after the death of the brand’s eponymous founding designer – the show could take the form of a final homage, both in terms of its staging and the pieces in the new collection. The show could prove a fitting farewell for this French designer who revolutionized fashion, liberating women from stuffy bourgeois looks and introducing a hint of relaxed chic that characterizes French style today.

Maria Grazia Chiuri; Anthony Vaccarello; Bouchra Jarrar

3 Fashion Designers to Follow Fall 2016

In 2015 and 2016, the top names in fashion moved around so much or simply vacated their positions that the term “musical chairs” became overused in the ensuing press reports. Semantics aside, radical changes are the order of the day given how much disruption is hitting the fashion world. Perhaps new blood at the top will provide an infusion of vigor at some of the storied couture names. In short, all eyes will be on Paris for the 2017 spring-summer shows as the first collections of some of these new designers debut.

Maria Grazia Chiuri

Maria Grazia Chiuri

The pressure is on for the newly appointed Dior creative director, who presents her first collection for the luxury brand September 30. Competition for front-row seats at the show, which has everything it takes to arouse the curiosity of fashion addicts, will likely be fierce – all the more so because Chiuri is the first-ever woman to occupy the post of creative director at the Parisian fashion house.

After more than 20 years of working for Valentino in collaboration with Pierpaolo Piccioli, the Italian designer was officially appointed by Dior on July 8 to take over from Raf Simons, who left the French fashion house to move to Calvin Klein in October 2015.

At the upcoming Dior show, attention will be particularly focused on the accessories, which are one of Chiuri’s specialties.

Anthony Vaccarello

Anthony Vaccarello

The Belgian designer became the driving force for renewal at Yves Saint Laurent Paris, following the departure of previous artistic director Hedi Slimane last April. Taking over from Slimane, who did much to reposition the French brand, will represent a considerable challenge for Anthony Vaccarello. His first show for the luxury French fashion house will also be the center of attention, because it will doubtless be an introduction to a new look that is expected to replace Slimane’s somber rock style with a simpler, sensual and more feminine silhouette.

If the schedule for Paris Fashion Week allows, Yves Saint Laurent may opt to make a splash by holding its show on the first day so as to focus the spotlight on its new artistic director.

Bouchra Jarrar

Bouchra Jarrar

The third major French fashion house to rethink its artistic direction, Lanvin has called on the services of French designer Bouchra Jarrar, who took charge of womenswear collections when she replaced Alber Elbaz. The forty-year-old, who has collaborated with such major labels as Christian Lacroix and Balenciaga, will take center stage when she presents her first collection for Lanvin, which has been hotly anticipated by the public and business professionals alike.

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Long Coats Fall/Winter 2016: Trending Now

Winter is when you can enjoy the warmth of those coats and jackets that are usually shunned. This year several designers have brought out designs that are longer than last year, now falling around the ankle. Though the trend was not embraced by all, there was a handful who made the term “the longer the better” a new motto for the season. We take a look at those who dared to bring back the style that has been languishing in the back of the wardrobe all these years.

We start with Nina Ricci who brought out coats in various fabrics such as fur and vinyl and an array of colors. In khaki, brown, plum, anthracite and gray, the coats were completed in various patterns. Another designer who chose to feature vinyl coats was Isabel Marant. The long coats were seen in red and black, as well as chunky knits and more classic pieces finished with geometric prints.

Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel

From left: Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel

Where some favored the unexpected and loud, other designers chose to feature the long coats in a more refined and sophisticated style. At Giambattista Valli the style was crafted in a way that blended seamlessly over the dresses they covered, still providing evening wear with the elegance it required. Chanel went with a more refined style, that featured a loose quilted coat, complete with a matching scarf. Over at Dolce & Gabbana, the long coat was seen in flamboyant gold. The brand went on to embrace a more feminine feel by cinching coats of all lengths with belts for a more accentuated waistline. This trend was spotted at Lanvin, with a lamé coat, and with Fendi’s fur coat.

Prada and Céline

From Left: Prada and Céline

For the more masculine designs, some fashion houses chose loose and baggy designs in both heavy and light fabrics. With the help of large shoulders, and oversized necks, the long coats such as those seen at Isabel Marant achieved the desired look. The designer chose to combine both vibes by wearing the masculine coats over feminine ensembles and vice versa. Another brand that favoured a masculine feel, was Céline with long coats that were cut loose and straight and worn with baggy pants. With Prada, the long coats were seen in khaki in a military style.

6 Runway Accessory Trends Maximizing Impact

The fashion runways churn out an impressive number of style stories with their trends and designs. Today we take a closer look at the accessories that don’t need to try too hard to catch your attention — simply because you can’t miss them. Bigger is always better it seems with the looks we’ve seen on the catwalk and we can’t wait to share some of our favorites, which are also the favorites of L’Officiel Singapore, who put together this piece.

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Statement necklaces and arm parties have seen their day. With so many designers cutting away garments to reveal necks and shoulders, it only makes sense to draw more attention to these areas via a pair of huge, sweeping shoulder-dusters.Make them the focal accessory by going for interesting details and colour combinations, lots of sparkle, or an arresting sculptural shape.

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Fashion’s fallen head over heels for this punk-tinged hardware, but given it a decidedly feminine touch. Alexander Wang used gold chains to embellish the dainty mesh bags in his romantic all-white Balenciaga collection. Miuccia Prada used them on retro, ladylike pieces in her rich, tactile collection, while Armani and Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen draped them on the body to offset light, delicate clothes.

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Plastic truly is fantastic. Designers as varied as Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and John Galliano at Maison Margiela all offered versions of the transparent stuff plastered on bags, heels, sandals and hats. The most directional pieces, though, came from Jonathan Anderson who used it on garments at his eponymous label and on plastic Puzzle bags, pouches, jewelry and even trousers at Loewe.

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If you’re looking to indulge your inner princess fantasies, now is the time to do it. The girls at No 21 wore bands of sparkling stones atop their dreamy white looks. The Rodarte sisters wove medieval-looking gold leaves into their models’ hair, while Dolce and Gabbana crowned their glamorous Italian girls with fruits, crystals and flowers. Not everything was so princess-like though; both Miuccia Prada and Hedi Slimane showed actual tiaras at Miu Miu and Saint Laurent, respectively, but their girls and the clothes had an alluringly rebellious vibe.

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Sandals are a fail-proof summer staple but they’ve now been given a fun fashion twist via luxe materials, bright punchy prints and, most importantly, an elevated standing thanks to a sturdy flatform or a low chunky block heel. We love Fendi’s graphic leather slides, Ferragamo’s strappy ones with pop-coloured soles and those printed Chanel sandals that light up like an airport runway.

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For Spring/Summer ’16, designers have chosen to make their biggest statements in white. The effect is clean and chic, but far from minimal. At Balenciaga, Alexander Wang sent out rucksacks, totes and clutches in beautifully delicate silk satin, lace and woven leathers. Phoebe Philo’s white Céline bags were graphic with interesting hardware details while her Chelsea boots had a chunky, mannish appeal. Massimo Giorgetti’s sandals at Emilio Pucci on the other hand were romantically dotted with pearls.

Story Credits

Text by Jeffrey Yan

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore. 

Dior: London Show May Unveil New Creative Director

The fashion world waits for no one. So if you thought you could catch a breather after Fashion Week, we have news for you. Fashion house Dior has already set a date for its next show in London and might have something special in store…

Taking place May 31 at Blenheim Palace, the show is making the news for one reason. Word has it that Dior will use the show to not only unveil its 2017 cruise collection but also the debut of Dior’s new Creative Director. Said to be taking over from Raf Simmons after his departure in October of 2015, is Jonathan Saunders.

Like Bouchra Jarrar in the days leading up to her new role at Lanvin, Saunders has closed his own well-known brand. Having left Pollini in December 2015, many are speculating that the event will be a perfect way to showcase not only Saunders but also his influence on LVMH’s luxury fashion brand. Dior’s show in London will take place two days before rival Gucci’s own display on June 2 at Westminster Abbey.

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Lanvin Announces New Creative Director

Right on the heels of Fashion week, Lanvin has announced a replacement for former creative director Alber Elbaz, who left in October. Parisian designer Bouchra Jarrar has been announced as the new force behind 126-year-old fashion house. From March 14, the fourth female designer to take the helm will begin work on Lanvin’s next Spring/Summer collection.

On her new appointment, the designer known for her impeccable and precise tailoring said that it is “a huge honor to continue promoting the Lanvin style, with designs created in the company’s ‘ateliers’ by teams who possess extraordinary expertise.”

Her dedication to the brand is evident, as she has already announced plans to close her own couture house to focus on her new role. With an impressive resume that includes working as the head of haute couture design a Christian Lacroix, studio director at Balenciaga and jewelry designer at Jean Paul Gaultier.

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Paris Fashion Week Runway Shows to Watch

The first week of March is going to be a busy one for Paris, and not just for fashion week. Following the numerous changes in major fashion houses, those in the know are waiting with bated breath on the announcement of new creative directors and for what newcomers will bring to the global stage.

Of the new designers announced in the line-up, one name that stands out is that of Dutch designer Esther Louise Dorhout Mees. She started her eponymous label Dorhout Mees, barely six years ago and has since caught the attention of the industry through her sophisticated designs and feminine collections. Her designs feature geometric shapes, prints, luxury fabrics such as silk and structural effects created by carefully placed folds and superimposed layers. France’s ready-to-wear ruling body Fédération française du prêt-à-porter, has scheduled this highly anticipated show for March 6 on its provisional schedule.

Though not a newcomer to the Parisian runway, Koché is still considered another relatively new name to the line-up. This second showing after a sensational debut Paris show will feature founder Christelle Kocher’s use of street culture, artisanal skills and techniques. Her keen use of new technologies gives rise to stylishly eclectic and high-quality collections. Paris Fashion Week will see the label present its autumn/winter 2016-2017 collection.

Lanvin, the oldest Parisian fashion house still operating today, saw creative director Alber Elbaz step down in October. In the interim, Chemena Kamali, formerly of Chloé, has been drafted in to oversee the women’s ready-to-wear collection. However, this temporary arrangement can’t last forever (the very definition of temporary) and rumors of a permanent replacement are intensifying. Stefano Pilati, who recently left Ermenegildo Zegna, is one of the designers thought to be in the running to replace Alber Elbaz. This remains unconfirmed by Lanvin but fashion week could be the ideal time to reveal the Israeli-American designer’s successor.

With the autumn/winter 2016-2017 shows just weeks away, the situation is almost identical over at Dior. If no announcement is made in the coming weeks, then fashion week could be a key time for Dior to reveal Raf Simons’ replacement. In the meantime, Dior’s in-house design team has been handed control of the upcoming collection, as was already the case for Dior’s Haute Couture show back in January. Christian Dior’s collection is booked for the Paris catwalk Friday, March 4.

Lanvin brings sexy back with new Scandal perfume

Lanvin reintroduces its most promiscuous scent, Scandal, which was first launched in 1933 that embodies the independent, non-conformist and trendsetting women of today.

So, who is this promiscuous muse of Lanvin? To sum it up, she is a rebel with an attitude, where her strength lies in her audacity to live and to think differently. She is also one with a flair for the scandalous, while keeping it classy and chic. She is the embodiment of the women today, who is never afraid to break the rules.

For this reissued edition, the bottle is dressed in the Maison’s signature grosgrain label and tone-on-tone engraving on it metallic hardware. Its architectural geometric exterior juxtaposes the soft curves of the tear-drop at its core, a subtle nod to femininity.

Composed by renowned perfumer Anne FIlipo, this fruity-floral Jeanne Lanvin Scandal fragrance revisits the musky syllables of the original fragrance but refreshed with a fruity twist. The nectar reveals sweet, tender notes of apricot and pear, highlighted by the tanginess of orange. The infused blossoms like freesia , crystallised rose and peony paired with light musky sandalwood to form a poetic, unctuous signature that lends the fragrance a sense of renewed radiance.

The infused blossoms like freesia, crystallised rose and peony paired with light musky sandalwood to form a poetic, unctuous signature that lends the fragrance a sense of renewed radiance.

Bold, sexy, daring with a hint of elegance, the new Scandal is definitely one of our hottest picks for 2016.


The Jeanne Lanvin Scandal EDP (50ml) will be available at selected major departmental stores in January 2016.

3 Fashion Designers to Follow in 2016

While 2015 is still on its last legs, the fashion industry has already turned its attention to 2016 and the next season’s runway shows which, in Paris, will start with menswear on January 20. This gives us an opportunity to start from scratch, and take a look at the designers and creative directors who will shape the fashion world next year.

Jonathan William Anderson

Jonathan Anderson or J.W. Anderson, who won the menswear and womenswear designer prizes at the most recent British Fashion Awards, has unquestionably been the designer of the last few seasons. At the head of his own brand J.W. Anderson (menswear and womenswear), but also as the creative director for Loewe, this Northern Ireland-born designer has already worked with the biggest luxury houses and ready-to-wear brands, including collaborations with Versus Versace and Topshop.

Nothing has been confirmed, but Jonathan Anderson could turn a new page in 2016, as his name was among the first mentioned as a replacement for Raf Simons at Christian Dior, along with Riccardo Tisci and Phoebe Philo. And even if that doesn’t happen, there is no doubt that the British designer will continue his dazzling ascent next year.

French designers Arnaud Vaillant et Sebastien Meyer speak to the public during the Courreges 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on September 30, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY

French designers Arnaud Vaillant et Sebastien Meyer speak to the public during the Courreges 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on September 30, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY

Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant

There is likely to be a lot of talk about this designer duo in 2016. As artistic directors for the Courrèges women’s ready-to-wear collections, Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant delivered a successful first offering in September, at the Spring-Summer 2016 collections, but expectations about them will remain high at the next Fashion Week. This will give them an opportunity to show the direction in which they intend to take the brand (which was created in 1961), after an initial flirtation between tradition and modernity. It will be a real challenge for the duo, who have decided to devote themselves fully to Courrèges, leaving their own Coperni brand on stand-by.

Moroccan-born Israeli designer Alber Elbaz acknowledges the public at the end of the Lanvin's 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on October 1, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA

Moroccan-born Israeli designer Alber Elbaz acknowledges the public at the end of the Lanvin’s 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on October 1, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA

Alber Elbaz

This Israeli-American designer already had a major impact in 2015 and could do so again in 2016. Having spent 14 years at Lanvin, Alber Elbaz stepped down as the brand’s creative director at the end of October 2015, causing an earthquake in the fashion world as well as at Lanvin itself. It remains to be seen what the future holds for this famous designer who has received many awards for his work. For now, the latest news has it that a French court has ruled somewhat in favor of Elbaz’ supporters in the ever escalating row.

Rumors quickly surfaced of a move to Christian Dior, but this has not been confirmed by Elbaz or the French fashion house, and other names such as the designer Jonathan Anderson have been cited as a possible replacement for Raf Simons. In any case, Alber Elbaz is not likely to be inactive for long. The bets are on.

Elbaz to replace Simons at Christian Dior?

After a 14-year partnership, the celebrated fashion designer Alber Elbaz is to quit Lanvin and this is sure to fire up rumors about who will succeed Raf Simons as Dior’s next artistic director. Stories like this already litter the Internet and more will surely follow.

The game of musical chairs, which could also be called the fashion industry’s transfer market, has well and truly begun. Less than a week after Raf Simons announced he was leaving Christian Dior, the charismatic Alber Elbaz has said goodbye to the no less legendary Lanvin fashion house. 

It is difficult not to link the two resignations. While Raf Simons said he wanted to concentrate on his own projects, including his brand, Alber Elbaz has really surprised everyone in exiting Lanvin. Women’s Wear Daily reports that this breakup is linked to tension that has been building up between the artistic director and Lanvin’s owner, Shaw-Lan Wang. Elbaz is reportedly a shareholder at Lanvin so the situation remains fluid. Here is what our friends at L’Officiel Singapore have reported on this bit of news.

Nevertheless, there is a somewhat unfounded expectation that the Moroccan-born Israeli fashion designer could replace Raf Simons at Dior. His name was whispered behind the scenes last week when it was announced that Simons was stepping down. For the moment it is just speculation, but if Alber Elbaz were to go to Christian Dior there is no doubt that it would shake up the fashion world. So perhaps this is all just wishful thinking?

Alber Elbaz was hired at Lanvin to transform and modernize the luxury brand’s image. Now his name seems almost inseparable from it. The designer made a major contribution to the brand’s current success by creating a modern style that is elegant, glamorous, and always ultra-feminine, while respecting the fashion house’s DNA. Ribbons, diamante, sequins, pleats, and ethereal skirts and dresses were given a new lease of life with a few strokes of the charismatic designer’s pencil.

It’s therefore difficult to imagine him taking the reins at such an influential brand as Christian Dior, with its very strong identity that is constantly in the spotlight. Something that Alber Elbaz has often shied away from, as he has said on several occasions that he likes to work away from this commotion.

The seat left empty by Raf Simons brings all kinds of possibilities to mind. Riccardo Tisci and Phoebe Philo, the artistic directors at Givenchy and Céline respectively, are other big names rumored as possible replacements. It’s anyone’s guess until the next announcement.

Jeanne Lanvin

Lanvin retrospective coming soon to Paris

Jeanne Lanvin

The Palais Galliera, in close collaboration with ‘s creative director Alber Elbaz, is honoring one of France’s oldest surviving fashion houses in a new exhibition, opening next month.

Opening on March 8, this first Parisian retrospective devoted to Jeanne Lanvin will feature over a hundred designs from the Palais Galliera and Lanvin Heritage fashion archives.

At the exhibition, visitors can admire Lanvin’s haute couture hallmarks: intricate embroidery, topstitching, twists, spirals, cut-outs, 18th century style dresses — slender bust, low waist, ample skirt — contrasting with the tubular line of Art Deco with its black and white geometrical patterns, the profusion of ribbons, beads, silk tassels and crystals.

“This inspiring exhibition pays tribute to the skill, inventiveness and creativity of a great artist who captured and expressed the spirit of her time, and celebrates over 125 years of extraordinary fashion heritage which continues to thrive under Alber Elbaz.”

Like Coco Chanel, Mademoiselle Jeanne began her career as a milliner in 1885. Marguerite, Lanvin’s only daughter, became her primary source of inspiration and the starting point for her fashion career.

In 1908, Jeanne Lanvin began making children’s clothes — some of which are on show at the exhibition, like the lace and organdy rosette embroidered dress that she created in 1925.

The following year, she branched out into Young Ladies’ and Women’s apparel. That same year, she joined the Syndicat de la Couture, the designers’ union, and entered the closed world of French fashion houses.

Lanvin later introduced bridal fashion, lingerie and fur ranges, as well as interior decor and sportswear. Then in 1926, she launched her first menswear line.

The Palais Galliera Lanvin

Visit palaisgalliera.paris.fr for more information about the exhibition.


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“Marry Me Confettis” Perfume by Lanvin

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French fashion house  will enter the year by launching Marry Me Confettis, a new limited edition of one of its most beloved perfumes.

After several other temporary versions of Marry Me — including the Love Edition, À la Folie and Love Balloons — Lanvin is celebrating a festive declaration of love with Confettis, a fruity, musky floral that is lighter and brighter than its predecessors.

Noses Shyamala and Antoine Maisondieu combined their talents to create this romantic new perfume, which combines mouth-watering red fruit notes with a heart of white peach and jasmine absolute. Extracts of blonde woods and musk soften the combination.

Just as festive as the fragrance itself, the flacon is outfitted in a cheery pink shade and adorned by a fuchsia ribbon.

“Marry Me Confettis” will arrive starting in January at select perfume counters, including Galeries Lafayette in Paris, where it costs €42 for 50ml.

Lanvin Fall Winter 2014 Cmpaign

Edie Campbell with family for Lanvin Fall 2014 Ads

Even when you’re a successful supermodel, it’s not every day you get to pose with your extended family for the campaign of a major luxury brand.

But that’s exactly what Lanvin invited Edie Campbell to do.

Lanvin Fall Winter 2014 Cmpaign

The young British model’s family is a particularly interesting one. Between her mother Sophie Hicks, a former fashion editor at Vogue UK and Tatler who is now an architect, and her grandmother Joan, who was a model in the 1950s, Edie Campbell follows in a long tradition of fashion.

Lanvin Fall Winter 2014 Cmpaign

For ‘s campaign, the supermodel, her mother and her grandmother were joined by her father, brother and grandfather, as well as her younger sister Olympia. Also in on the fun were the young Campbell sisters’ boyfriends, Otis and Matteo. The entire clan posed for Tim Walker.

Lanvin Fall Winter 2014 Cmpaign

Something of a modern reinterpretation of the brand’s signature logo depicting a mother and daughter, the campaign is elegant yet rather lighthearted and offbeat, showing the family members in generally relaxed poses.

Lanvin Fall Winter 2014 Campaign

Another element that adds to the quirky feel: the appearance of Dolly, Edie’s pony, whom she thanked at the British Fashion Awards last December when she was named model of the year.

Lanvin Fall Winter 2014 Campaign

The campaign also includes a nice surprise: a video directed by Guy Stephens and featuring an unexpected guest…

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Lanvin Running Show sneakers

Lanvin brings couture style to athletic footwear

Lanvin Running Show sneakers

Next season,  will launch an entire collection of men’s sneakers and running shoes, offered in a variety of different colors and materials.

Seen in the Spring-Summer 2014 haute couture shows and during the last round of Fashion Weeks, athletic shoes — from lightweight running shoes to leather high-tops — are all the rage among fashionistas lately. But ladies aren’t the only ones hip to the trend.

For male fashion victims, Lanvin Homme has presented an entire collection of couture sneakers, which will go on sale during the Fall-Winter season.

The athletic shoes in this new line come in high-end materials including smooth or textured calf leather, “lizard skin” rubber or “polished python.”

Each sneaker features couture details such as laces with metal accents, side zippers and elastic flaps covering up the laces.

Lanvin athletic shoes for men

In terms of colors, the collection draws on a large palette ranging from neutral and sophisticated shades (black, taupe, brown) to flashier tones (turquoise, pink, mint green, zebra print, fuchsia, orange).

The Lanvin Running Show sneakers will go on sale in Lanvin stores and at the brand’s website from mid-September.