It is a great honour to join Lanvin. With nearly 130 years of history, Lanvin is the oldest French couture house. Ensuring its longevity is a great and exciting challenge.
“42 working days.” That’s how long Olivier Lapidus took to design his first collection for Lanvin, the one for summer 2018.
Mid-July, the new creative director of the oldest French couture house still operating took up office on the second floor of Lanvin’s rue Faubourg-Saint-Honoré premises.
Olivier Lapidus has a mission focused on three directions. The main objective is to rediscover the essence of Jeanne Lanvin, reviewing the founder’s stylistic details whilst constantly toying with an über-contemporary, modern edge. This blend of a necessary reinterpretation of the house’s DNA with 21st century references is the creative director’s credo.
The two other missions attributed to Olivier Lapidus are to increase the brand’s presence on social media and energise the accessories collections.
A product of fashion’s inner circle, Olivier Lapidus has been creating capsule collections as an independent creator since 2000, whilst also developing his design activity.
A graduate of the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, he was creative director of menswear for Balmain then ran his father’s fashion house for eleven years, an experience which earned him the prestigious Dé d’or (Golden Thimble) award in 1994 for a collection entirely dedicated to silk. All this with a few years spent living in Japan and then China.
The setting for his first Summer 2018 show at the Salon d’Honneur in Paris’ Grand Palais was immaculate because that is how he sees his mission: a blank page.
A blank page to express the respect he has for the house, and its necessary rise towards the future.