Lucas Ossendrijver exiting Lanvin – report

Lucas Ossendrijver is reportedly leaving Lanvin after nearly 13 years at the brand.Editors at WWD report that the Dutch designer will bow out after presenting the pre-collection to buyers at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. When contacted, the head of men…

Lucas Ossendrijver is reportedly leaving Lanvin after nearly 13 years at the brand.

Editors at WWD report that the Dutch designer will bow out after presenting the pre-collection to buyers at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

When contacted, the head of menswear gave nothing away, stating he was still at the house would make “no further comment for the moment”.

A source told WWD the label is expected to pull out from the runway calendar for the upcoming Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in January.

It marks the latest shake-up at the luxury French fashion house. Since the departure of long-term womenswear creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, who left following disagreements with Lanvin’s former majority shareholder Shaw-Lan Wang, there has been a revolving door of designers helming the women’s collections.

Elbaz, who’d been at the label for 14 years, was immediately succeeded by Bouchra Jarrar, who lasted in the role for a little over a year. Next in was Olivier Lapidus, but he departed after only eight months, leaving in March (18).

Lanvin has yet to appoint a new womenswear designer, though it was reported in October that former Loewe employee Bruno Sialelli was being lined up.

Ossendrijver earned his fashion stripes at Kenzo and Dior Homme before he joined Lanvin in 2006. He previously praised working with Elbaz as he celebrated his 10th anniversary at the brand.

“You know those 10 years have been quite formative for me,” Ossendrijver mused to Matches Fashion. “Working with Alber, I learned such a great deal of things. Spending 10 years working with someone in fashion is an eternity. It’s quite rare.”

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