Elbaz warrants his place here simply on account of his spectacular revival of the house of Lanvin. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, his autumn/winter 2010 womenswear collection was one of the most acclaimed of the season, while his menswear has expanded with more wearable and affordable offerings. He appears to be growing Lanvin commercially, making it a bigger brand with a greater influence without compromising the quality that has made it so admired: a real and unexpected achievement.
excerpt from ‘The New Creative Establishment 2010’ in Industrie Magazine.
When the little-known Alber Elbaz was at Yves Saint Laurent, 25-year-old Chloë Sevigny asked him to dress her for the awards shows she attended for Boys Don’t Cry. She has Elbaz’s original sketches of those gowns framed in her closet. “He sent them instead of flowers.”
Chloë Sevigny on Alber Elbaz via tfs.
Oh my God, Lanvin. I think that’s just chic, sophistication, French… I mean for me, this is how I wanna see every girl and every guy dressed all the time.
Joe Zee on Lanvin via H&M YouTube video.

The Coveteur/ELLE with Roopal Patel
"I love this picture that Alber Elbaz drew for his event at Bergdorf Goodman a few years ago. He had a fashion show and dinner for BG clients. I missed it because I was at a family wedding in London. They saved this for me, and I meant to have him sign it!
I love Alber’s passion and vision for Lanvin. He is not only a creative genius but also a lovely human being. He always thinks about the woman. You can see and feel it in the clothes.”
- Roopal Patel (Senior Market Accessories Editor at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman).
Source: The Coveteur/ELLE

The Coveteur/ELLE with Roopal Patel

"I love this picture that Alber Elbaz drew for his event at Bergdorf Goodman a few years ago. He had a fashion show and dinner for BG clients. I missed it because I was at a family wedding in London. They saved this for me, and I meant to have him sign it!

I love Alber’s passion and vision for Lanvin. He is not only a creative genius but also a lovely human being. He always thinks about the woman. You can see and feel it in the clothes.”

- Roopal Patel (Senior Market Accessories Editor at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman).

Source: The Coveteur/ELLE

When I hesitate on what to wear, I always go with Lanvin. You can never go wrong with Lanvin. You always feel elegant.
Maria Sharapova, via WWD.
L.A. is one of my favorite places in America… It is always a pleasure for me to go back there because the people I know there are quite colorful and different and free-spirited.
Alber Elbaz speaking about the new Lanvin store on Rodeo Drive, via WWD (subscription required).
More from The Coveteur - Jane Keltner de Valle’s Lanvin Dress

Photograph by Jake Rosenberg

Jane Keltner de Valle shared this on her beautiful Lanvin dress (from the Spring 2005 collection) and jewelry:

"Alber Elbaz is possibly the most charming man alive—and of course, one of the most talented designers of his generation. I bought this dress on sale at Linda Dresner, a boutique on Park Avenue that unfortunately no longer exists. It was such an elegant store—and I had the most incredible luck at its sales. To me, this is the perfect black cocktail dress. It’s so classic and timeless and chic. It’s my go-to piece for parties or weddings. The pearl-and-ribbon necklace was a birthday gift from my husband. I would never have thought to buy it in burgundy, but I love the way it pops against black. The grosgrain and pearl bracelet was also a gift. I wouldn’t wear the necklace and the bracelet together, but I like each on their own. And the mask is a souvenir from the Halloween party Alber hosted in celebration of Lanvin’s New York boutique opening."

Source: The Coveteur

From The Coveteur - Mary Kate Steinmiller’s Lanvin Bags

New website The Coveteur is barely a week old and I’m already obsessed! I’ve often fantasized about taking a peek into the closets of the fashion industry’s most stylish women and men and now thanks to this new website, I can. Founded by Erin Kleinberg and Stephanie Mark, the website has already featured Fiona Green, Keith Pollock, Joanna Hillman and today’s edition features Teen Vogue’s Fashion News Director, Jane Keltner de Valle.

The Coveteur satisfies my craving for beautiful photographs (by Jake Rosenberg) and fun and insightful tidbits about some of the most respected people in the industry. Whilst perusing the closet of Mary Kate Steinmiller (Teen Vogue's Fashion Market Editor) I was naturally drawn to these stunning pictures of her very covetable Lanvin handbags. 

Photograph by Jake Rosenberg

Steinmiller had some wise words to share about this beautiful Lanvin bag:

"If you don’t have a boyfriend to buy you a beautiful Lanvin bag, you buy it yourself! I treated myself to this bag this summer, and I am in LOVE with it. I love how it is subtle leopard print, makes a statement, but doesn’t detract from the classic nature of a Lanvin ‘Happy’ bag. I love the beautiful grosgrain ribbon woven in the gold chain, it’s a little sloppy, but chic. I also think the patent leather shoulder strap makes it fresh."

Photograph by Jake Rosenberg

And on this bag:

"This was my first Lanvin bag! I found it hiding away at Barney’s during the standard sale extravaganza. The sales staff was confused as to where I even found it. Lucky girl! I love that it is grey, and thus you can really wear it with anything."

If you haven’t already I highly recommend checking out The Coveteur - but be prepared to spend the whole afternoon surfing the site, as I just did! 

Source: The Coveteur

All photography by Jake Rosenberg.

Who in the world of fashion do you really connect with?

Alber Elbaz at Lanvin. He is so sweet! He’s Moroccan-Israeli, so we speak Hebrew together. He told me, “People will try to make you wear heels because you’re short. But that’s the most beautiful thing about you, so only wear flats.” I’ve learned it’s very French to celebrate something about yourself that others might say is your flaw.

Natalie Portman on Alber Elbaz via InStyle's February 2011 issue.