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Lanvin appoints Olivier Lapidus as new artistic director

Olivier Lapidus succeeds Bouchra Jarrar at Lanvin amid reported plans to evolve the brand into "a French Michael Kors"

By Lydia Chan | Published: 11 Jul 2017

Lapidus joins Lanvin
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Proving that the fashion world never stops to breathe, Lanvin has already named its new artistic director: Olivier Lapidus. The French designer succeeds Bouchra Jarrar after her recent exit from the fashion house.

"It is a great honour to join Lanvin and I warmly thank Madame Wang for placing her confidence in me," Olivier Lapidus said in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter. "With nearly 130 years of history, Lanvin is the oldest French couture house. To ensure its longevity is an immense task and an exciting challenge."

According to Business of Fashion, Lapidus' appointment comes amid plans to evolve Lanvin into "a French Michael Kors." While that seems to point to a more lifestyle aesthetic, a stark departure from Lanvin's signature couture tailoring, sources told BoF that "[Lanvin] is currently envisaging making haute couture again with Olivier."

 

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Lapidus was previously the creative director of Balmain Homme from 1985 to 1986 before joining the now-closed Maison Lapidus. Creativity seems to run in his blood as his father, the late Ted Lapidus designed for The Beatles. Later on, Lapidus launched a capsule collection under Lapidus Vintage and in 2013, he was in charge of the decor for the Parisian Hotel Felicien. Most recently, Lapidus launched what he dubs as "an e-couture house", Creation Olivier Lapidus.

Lapidus, who assumed his new role on Monday, is set to present his first collection under Lanvin in September at Paris Fashion Week.

Related: Clare Waight Keller unveils her first campaign for Givenchy
Related: What Lanvin looks like under Bouchra Jarrar


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