Bruno Sialelli named Lanvin’s new creative director

Bruno Sialelli has been appointed as Lanvin’s new creative director.The French fashion house has been in a state of flux since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouchra Jarrar, and Olivie…

Bruno Sialelli has been appointed as Lanvin’s new creative director.

The French fashion house has been in a state of flux since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouchra Jarrar, and Olivier Lapidus, among the names who’ve held the post of head designer for brief stints.

But executives for Lanvin, which is now owned by Fosun Fashion Group, announced on Monday (21Jan19) that Sialelli will be taking over the artistic direction of the label.

“I am delighted and honoured to join Lanvin, a house founded by a visionary woman who among the first French couturiers dared to offer a global universe with a very wide field of expression,” he said in a statement. “Bringing emotions through compelling stories and defining a modern attitude are going to be exciting challenges in continuing this legacy.”

A relative unknown in the fashion world, Sialelli most recently acted as director of menswear design at Spanish heritage brand Loewe.

Previously, he gained extensive experience as pre-collection womenswear designer at Balenciaga, working under both Nicolas Ghesquiere and Alexander Wang, before becoming senior womenswear designer at Acne Studios, and then at Paco Rabanne.

Regarding Sialelli’s appointment, Lanvin’s chief executive officer Jean-Philippe Hecquet explained that he was confident the rising star would be able to introduce his own flair to upcoming collections whilst also remaining respectful of the house’s “iconic” codes, as established by company founder Jeanne Lanvin.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Bruno as the new creative director of Lanvin,” commented Hecquet. “His singular and very personal vision, his audacity, his culture, his energy and ability to build a strong creative team definitely convinced us. I can’t wait to discover Bruno’s first collections which will fully bring back to life this beautiful and unique fashion house, and once again inspire a passion among our customers.”

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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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Designer Bruno Sialelli in talks to join Lanvin – report

Loewe designer Bruno Sialelli is reportedly in talks to join Lanvin in a key role.The French luxury fashion house has been in a state of flux since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouch…

Loewe designer Bruno Sialelli is reportedly in talks to join Lanvin in a key role.

The French luxury fashion house has been in a state of flux since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouchra Jarrar, and, most recently, Olivier Lapidus, among the names who’ve held the post of head designer for brief stints.

But according to editors at WWD, Lanvin bosses are in negotiations with Sialelli to take over the role of creative director. However, neither Lanvin executives nor Sialelli have yet commented on the speculation.

A rising star in the fashion industry, Sialelli has helmed the menswear department at Spanish heritage brand Loewe since March 2016.

Before that, he worked in womenswear at Paco Rabanne, as well as at Acne Studios, Balenciaga and Azzedine Alaia. His LinkedIn profile also states that he studied at the Studio Bercot fashion school in Paris in from 2008 until 2010.

In recent months, designers floated as potential successors for Lapidus have included former Berluti designer Haider Ackermann and Simon Porte Jacquemus.

Since executives at Chinese conglomerate Fosun acquired a majority stake in Lanvin in February, revamping the design team has been a major focus, with new chief executive officer Jean-Philippe Hecquet tasked with finding fresh talent.

And in August, former Louis Vuitton employee Hecquet explained that he was committed to finding the right people as part of a new strategy.

“Clearly our objective and our goals are very ambitious, and the road may be a bit bumpy. It’s never easy to bring back to life a luxury brand… I don’t take it as an easy project,” he told Business of Fashion. “My role and the role of the executive committee will really be to bring back the confidence, to bring back the positive vibes.”

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Lanvin CEO sets sights on new designer

New Lanvin chief executive Jean-Philippe Hecquet has admitted that the road to success may be bumpy.Hecquet officially begins his duties on Tuesday (28Aug18), though has a tough task ahead of him as the luxury label is currently without a womenswear de…

New Lanvin chief executive Jean-Philippe Hecquet has admitted that the road to success may be bumpy.

Hecquet officially begins his duties on Tuesday (28Aug18), though has a tough task ahead of him as the luxury label is currently without a womenswear designer.

Since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in 2015, there has been a revolving door of head designers at Lanvin, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouchra Jarrar, and, most recently, Olivier Lapidus, among those to have come and gone.

“Clearly our objective and our goals are very ambitious, and the road may be a bit bumpy,” Hecquet told Business of Fashion. “It’s never easy to bring back to life a luxury brand… I don’t take it as an easy project.”

Names currently floated as potential successors include former Berluti designer Haider Ackermann and Simon Porte Jacquemus, but a selection has yet to be made.

“The number one priority is, of course, to bring back the creativity,” he continued, adding that the company is “looking at a lot of talent”.

Elbaz, who himself is making a slow return to fashion, was pushed out by former label owner, Taiwanese businesswoman Shaw-Lan Wang.

Lanvin has since changed hands, after Chinese conglomerate Fosun acquired a majority stake in the French brand in February. Former Louis Vuitton employee Hecquet is now looking to re-establish the once-loved fashion house.

“The life at Lanvin was not easy over the last year,” Hecquet said. “My role and the role of the executive committee will really be to bring back the confidence, to bring back the positive vibes.”

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