Bouchra Jarrar Leaving Lanvin After Just Two Collections

Illustration by Hilton Dresden

After less than a year and a half since it was announced she’d be taking over as Lanvin’s artistic director, Bouchra Jarrar is leaving the famed French fashion house, WWD reports. She’d shown just two collections with the brand, both a sharp step away from the elaborate gowns of her predecessor, Alber Elbaz.

Jarrar shut down her own label to work exclusively on reinvigorating Lanvin after she was announced as Elbaz’ replacement in March 2016, but without the support of investors was unable to reignite passion in the troubled label, which last year posted a drop in revenue of 23 percent, according to Business of Fashion.

“I have pressure… I wanted to dedicate my whole self to Lanvin, to relaunch the maison and brand, so I shut my own label down,” she told the South China Morning Post in March. “But I need the whole house’s support; alone it’s impossible.”

Jarrar was made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France just last week, and is recognized around the world as an extremely talented designer – however, her minimalistic approach is a majorly different approach to couture from Elbaz, who, over his 14 years at Lanvin, established himself as a leader in creating glamorous, eye-catching pieces that hardly screamed “less is more.”

As of yet, Jarrar and Lanvin have yet to comment on the news.

Lanvin S/S 17 is an Assymetrical Organza Dream at Paris Fashion Week

Illustration by Hilton Dresden

Bouchra Jarrar had her first show as Creative Director of Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week yesterday, and delivered an organza and pinstripe-filled collection, an amolgamation of finely tailored pantsuits and high-fashion negligees.

Jarrar took over for Alber Elbaz this year. The former CD was known for his lavishly embellished gowns. Jarrar gave a nod to her predecessor by incorporating feathery collars into several of her line’s most provocative looks.

Jarrar is one of two new female Creative Directors of major French fashion houses as of this year, joined by Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior, who will make her runway debut with the label on Friday. While many assume Coco Chanel to be the pioneer head female designer of the fashion world, Jeanne Lanvin actually preceded Chanel and other female couture designers.

“She made menswear and sportswear before she did women’s,” Jarrar explained to Vogue.

Pictured: Bouchra Jarrar (bottom row, second from left), Alber Elbaz (bottom row, third from left), and Maria Grazia Chiuri (top right). Illustration by Hilton DresdenJarrar’s debut was exciting in that it took risks and experimented with old forms – only forthcoming seasons will tell what her overarching vision is for the brand moving forward.

Watch Kendall Jenner Work It in a New Givenchy Campaign Video

Last week, Kardashian baby and newish-ly minted model Kendall Jenner appeared in Givenchy’s fall ad campaign, and now she’s showing up alongside models like Jamie Bochert and Mariacarla Boscono in the campaign’s video with music by The Martinez Brothers. Watch it here:

Tell me that doesn’t remind you of another fashion campaign video from a few years ago; Lanvin’s fall 2011 campaign video featuring Raquel Zimmermann and Karen Elson busting moves to Pitbull.

TBH, I watched the Lanvin video approx. 90 million times when it came out, and I’m not sure how compelled I’ll be to press play on the Givenchy vid again. So who do you think wore it better?

FashionFeed: Adrien Brody Walks for Prada, Models Flash for Lingerie

● Actor Adrien Brody has been tapped to walk in Prada’s menswear show this Sunday in Milan, among other international movie stars. Can you guess the rest? [Telegraph]

● As a publicity stunt and a great treat for museum goers, France’s answer to Victoria’s Secret, Etam, sent three models into the Musee d’Orsay in Paris to run around in the brand’s new line of lingerie. [Styleite]

● The February issue of French Vogue features 60 pages of one of editor-in-chief Emmannelle Alt’s favorite models, Daria Werbowy. [The Cut]

● Here’s a video of Alexa Chung in Williamsburg modeling in Vero Moda’s covetable clothing that doesn’t even ship to the US.  [R29]

● Lanvin’s adorable 25-piece children’s line is making us want to turn the clock back more than ever. [Style]

● Madonna revealed on the Graham Norton show that her kids "don’t fear her at all" and that her daughter Lourdes even creeps into her room and steals her clothes. Who’s the rebel now, Madge? [Grazia]

Athletes in Lanvin, Sustainable Python Farming, and Shoes: Today’s #StyleScoop

Sustainability and python supply, did you ever think you’d see the day?

Kering plans to research and shed a little light on the shady python trade in South America, which it relies on for many of the precious skin bags in many of its family’s collections. Can you imagine being a python farmer? Would you send your kids out to collect eggs in the morning? It’s all stuff we don’t really want to think about whe picking up an exotic piece, even if it is reality.

If python farmer doesn’t seem like the kind of job you aspire to, consider becomingMichelle Phan. The beauty blogger and YouTube star is set to have raked in $5 million by year’s end. So all those hours spent perfecting eyeliner in front of the mirror could be worth something some day. Stay at it, kids.

If spending money sounds more appealing than putting in hours in front of the webcam, consider Solange‘s new kicks. She’s the new creative consultant to Puma – think color. Lots of it.

Let’s all congratulate Eric Wilson, previously of the New York Times, who is officially In Style‘s new fashion news director. He’s been at it for about 72 hours now.

I know we talked about sports teams upping the wardrobe ante by providing uniform options, but we have even more reason to check out the guys off the field, too: Arsenal picked up Lanvin as their official tailor. They join AC Milan with Dolce & Gabbana on their side, and Real Madrid in Versace. Hot stuff, guys.

Lanvin Celebrates 10 Years with New Collection, a Massive Party

Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz sent his clothes down the runway for Paris Fashion Week, showcasing a collection full of peplum skirts, low backs, canary yellows and big fake jewels. The 10th anniversary of the brand, they also sent down archived pieces and followed with what the invitation stated would be “d’une fun party.” The event, held in a Left Bank warehouse, lived up to its promise.

Tilda Swinton, Jessica Alba, Pharell Williams and Dita Von Teese sat front row and were treated to three-tiered cakes, foie gras lollipops, and the requisite copious amounts of champagne. Elbaz was the man-of-the-hour, taking the runway at the end of the show to sing “Que Sera Sera” in dedication of the people who helped him “realize his dream…I love you.”

Here’s the vid of the evening.  So pretty!

A Few Reasons to Love and Hate Lanvin’s New Children’s Line

H&M just announced that it has partnered with Lanvin again to create a children’s line for the All for Children initiative. This September, the collection will be available online and in 150 H&M stores worldwide. H&M calls the clothes “updates of well-loved classics, giving them a contemporary twist.” We call them delightfully sophisticated, but only if you’ve got the cash to spare on your spoiled progeny and need the charitable component to assuage your bourgeoisie guilt.

Love: 25% of sales from the Lanvin kid’s collection will go to the All for Children initiative. In November 2009, H&M teamed up with UNICEF to launch the campaign, which promotes access to education in southern India and Bangladesh. Everyone loves a good cause. Warm fuzzies for all.

Hate: Lanvin will be joining labels like Marc Jacobs, D&G, and Dior, all of whom have ridiculously upscale collections for kids. As much as we love cute kids and high fashion, the two do not go together. Children are living magnets for markers, mud, and everything else that stains. Unless you’re Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, why spend hundreds on a Burberry leather trench for a messy five-year-old that’s going to grow out of it in six months? What kind of five-year-old wears a leather trench coat anyway?

Love: The photos for the Lanvin collection are adorable. The kids look fun, happy, and well-dressed. And the clothes are actually very chic.

Hate: In fact, they’re so chic that fashionistas everywhere might want them for themselves. Unfortunately, most adults do not fit into clothes made for toddlers. We’ll just have to settle for regular, grown-up clothes.

Conclusion: If you’re going to clad your offspring in high fashion anyway, it’s a nice way to send a few bucks to needy kids. But if your goal is saving the world rather than creating junior runway models, you can always make an old school cash donation to the charity of your choice, and then outfit the rugrats in cheap Walmart duds like the rest of the country. Either way, the kids will be alright.

Latest H&M Collaboration for Lucky Swedes Only

In the never-ending parade of designer collaborations, H&M’s contribution is that of frenzied, sold-out-in-minutes collections from the cream of fashion world crop–Lanvin, Lagerfeld, and Comme des Garcons included. Following last month’s heart-breaking, Europe-only Collection of Style line, it’s doubly painful to read of the newest H&M collaboration, available only in Sweden.

In conjunction with style blogger Elin Kling, the collection is minimal and feminine, with a focus on “silhouette and materials.” Featuring white wide-leg trousers with an unfinished hem, a shiny silver (yet work-appropriate) pants suit, and a nude draped wrap dress, the line is sure to be very successful when it hits stores February 3rd. We’ll be prowling eBay shortly after in the hopes that a kind Swede might like to spread the love.

Jet-Set Extravagance: Lanvin Leopard-Print Travel Kit

A tad extravagant? Perhaps. But then again, what better time of year to splurge? Besides, a Lanvin satin leopard-print travel kit ($490) could come in very handy. This travel kit’s cozy slippers and light-blocking sleep mask will have you relaxed and ready to go upon arrival. Plus, it pairs beautifully with your new Tumi luggage. At the very least, you can pretend to be a glamorous jet-setter, even if you are just going home for the holidays.

Shop the travel kit here.