Olivier Lapidus taking the reigns at Lanvin

    FOLLOWING the news that Bouchra Jarrar has stepped down as artistic director of Lanvin after two collections, Olivier Lapidus (Son of Ted Lapidus) will now take on the role, the house confirmed late last week.

    The designer – who has previously held roles at Balmain Homme as well as running Maison Lapidus alongside his father, Ted – will show his first collection for the house for spring/summer 2018 at Paris Fashion Week in just two months time.

    “I welcome Olivier Lapidus as Lanvin artistic director whose creative capacity is in direct line with the elegance embodied by Jeanne Lanvin,” said Madame Shaw-Lan Wang, president of Lanvin. “His broad understanding of the universe of this house, of the world of fashion and design and his resolutely modern approach will bring Lanvin towards new horizons.”

    “It is a great honour to join Lanvin and I warmly thank Madame Wang for placing her confidence in me,” said Lapidus on his appointment. “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.”

    The announcement brings the last week of speculation to a close, following Jarrar’s exit. Prior to her tenure, the house was led by Alber Elbaz, who left his post amidst acrimonious circumstances in October 2015.

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