Demi Moore ♥ Lanvin

It’s the last day of wedding week on Love Lanvin and I thought it would be the perfect time to compile Demi Moore’s ♥ Lanvin post. The beautiful actress fittingly wore a custom-designed gown on her wedding day to Ashton Kutcher in 2005 and has been loyal to the brand ever since. Moore, who employs stylist Rachel Zoe, is also a close friend of Alber Elbaz and last year during a press tour in Paris, she tweeted these fun pictures of her surrounded by beautiful Lanvin shoes and posing with Elbaz - in Lanvin shades, no doubt!

This year has already seen Moore rock some stunning Lanvin pieces from Spring 2010, plus a welcome revisit to a divine Fall 2009 dress. Out of all the ♥ Lanvin posts I have compiled so far, Moore’s has definitely been the most glamorous.

'Killers' Premiere in Los Angeles - Fall 2009

Most recently, Moore chose this insanely gorgeous Fall 2009 dress to wear to the premiere of her husband’s film, ‘Killers,’ in Los Angeles. The original runway version was shown in a slick noir shade, but this teal green hue works well against Moore’s skin tone and hair color. 

The Met Ball 2010 - Draped Metallic Dress

Not everyone found Moore’s look appealing here but I like the silhouette of this metallic, one-shouldered gown. It’s such a beautiful shape and I appreciated that it wasn’t in basic black or other standard color. The Met Ball allows for celebrities to be more daring in their choice of dress and I thought this was the perfect balance of edgy and classic. The matching cuffs are exquisite.

18th Annual ‘A Night At Sardi’s’ Fundraiser - Spring 2010

Moore chose this ruffled LBD from Spring 2010 to wear to a fundraiser earlier this year. In my opinion, this is one of those ‘forever dresses,’ a piece that will never go out of style, no matter what the trends or fashions are. The ruffles at the waist may be a little harder to pull off if you’re not sample size, but it’s otherwise a perfectly classic dress.

2009 Freedom Awards - Spring 2010

You may recall that Jennifer Lopez also wore this dress to an event in a darker shade of tobacco brown. Moore opted for the runway version and I think that this color is much better suited to her skin tone. This is one of my favorite looks on Moore because it’s so chic but the ruffles, draping and one-shoulder make the outfit interesting and is a departure from the more structured dresses Moore sometimes favors. Lanvin chain link pumps and a long black clutch complete the rest of her outfit.

W Magazine December 2009 - Spring 2010

Photograph by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot

For Moore’s much talked about W magazine spread, stylist Alex White chose French brands like Balmain, Givenchy and of course, Lanvin, to show off their cover star’s envious figure. In this shot, Moore is posing in a beautiful beige Spring 2010 dress, similar to the one she wore to the Freedom Awards above, with a stunning Lanvin necklace.

'The House Bunny' Premiere in Los Angeles - Fall 2008

The premiere of her daughter’s movie ‘The House Bunny’ called for a beautiful but understated navy dress from Lanvin’s Fall 2008 collection. This dress was so amazing on the runway with black gloves, ankle boots and dark smoky eyes but it’s not always the best approach for a red carpet. Moore kept her look uncomplicated by accessorizing with a simple pair of earrings and a black clutch.

'What Happens in Vegas' Premiere in Japan - Fall 2008

Out to support one of her husband’s movies in Japan, Moore donned another fabulous dress from the Fall 2008 collection. Alber Elbaz described his approach to that season as starting with a thread and creating dresses, not from fabric, but strips of grosgrain ribbon. This dress is a beautiful example of that genius technique.

“Une Journee A Paris” Van Cleef & Arpels Fashion Event - Tiered White Dress

At a Van Cleef & Arpels event in 2007, Moore accompanied Alber Elbaz in this flirty beaded white dress. Accessorized with wooden jewelry and a mirrored clutch, this was definitely a young, cool look that Moore pulled off to perfection. (Side note: I am obsessed with Alber’s fuschia velvet bow tie in this picture!)

Couture Council Awards for Artistry of Fashion in New York - Black Pleated Dress

At an event honoring Alber Elbaz, Moore gave tribute to the designer by wearing a fun pleated black Lanvin dress with patent strappy shoes and gold statement necklaces. The dress has embellishments along the straps and neckline and I love these little details that make an item more interesting and distinct. 

Moore’s Wedding to Ashton Kutcher in 2005 - Custom Made Lanvin Dress

Saving the best for last, Moore’s custom-made wedding dress was designed exclusively for her by Alber Elbaz. The dress is simple and understated; it appears to be a bias-cut gown with some kind of detailing on the back, not visible in this picture. The veil that Moore is wearing is beautiful and I love how it cascades all the way down to the floor. In an article for Harper’s BAZAAR US, Alber speaks a little about this experience:

"Demi Moore called me, because I made her wedding dress, and it was a big secret, her getting married to Ashton Kutcher… She said, "Alber, it’s out, it’s in a magazine.” I was dying to see the dress on her…"

I think the entire Fall 2010 collection would look great on Moore but I’m excited to see her in Lanvin pieces from any season. She brings such a great element of Hollywood glamour to the clothes and I’ll be keeping a close eye on her style in the future.

Sources: Just Jared, Style.com, Red Carpet Fashion Awards, Harper’s BAZAAR US, W Magazine and Twitter.

Alber Elbaz’s Bridal Illustration & Porcelain Doll

Sketch by Alber Elbaz

Alber Elbaz’s charming sketches are so lovely that I’m often tempted to print them out, frame them and hang them on my walls. Take for example this whimsical bridal illustration, which showed some of the inspiration behind the first Collection Blanche wedding dresses. If the tiered dress looks familiar, you’d be right if images from the ‘Sex and the City’ movie sprang to mind. This was the Lanvin piece that Carrie Bradshaw wore in that famous wedding dress montage. 

Check out this amazing porcelain doll that the sketch also inspired. Created in 2008 in development with ceramics company Franz, the hand-painted dolls are a tribute to the post-war times when French couturiers, including Jeanne Lanvin, showcased their designs in miniature form at the Theâtre de la Mode, due to the lack of fabric available.

Lanvin still sell these wonderful little creations today - the most recent being the mother/daughter dolls which celebrated the brand’s 120th anniversary. I’m hoping they make dolls inspired by the Fall 2010 collection because the black wigs and fur jackets would be so spectacular in miniature form!

Check out more of Lanvin’s porcelain dolls here and here.

Sources: Dazed Digital and I’m The It Girl

ALBER ELBAZ FOR VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Alber Elbaz created this stunning engagement ring for Van Cleef & Arpels back in 2008 to accompany his then recently designed Collection Blanche wedding dresses. According to Forbes, the ‘Marguerite’ ring features a 12-millimeter cultured pearl, held in place by pave diamond petals. A .3 carat diamond sits at the opposite end of the band.
Priced at $19,200 and only available by special order, the ring also takes a minimum of 5 months to produce. So if you want this stunning piece to adorn your wedding finger anytime soon, better let your betrothed know ASAP.
Sources: Forbes and Harper’s BAZAAR.

ALBER ELBAZ FOR VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Alber Elbaz created this stunning engagement ring for Van Cleef & Arpels back in 2008 to accompany his then recently designed Collection Blanche wedding dresses. According to Forbes, the ‘Marguerite’ ring features a 12-millimeter cultured pearl, held in place by pave diamond petals. A .3 carat diamond sits at the opposite end of the band.

Priced at $19,200 and only available by special order, the ring also takes a minimum of 5 months to produce. So if you want this stunning piece to adorn your wedding finger anytime soon, better let your betrothed know ASAP.

Sources: Forbes and Harper’s BAZAAR.

Everyone I know was like Alber, you know, we’re getting married, I’m 49, or I’m 58, I’m 37,” he says, spewing out endless bridal paradigms.

"I have three kids. What should I wear?" one asked.

"I don’t want to look like Cinderella," wailed another.

"I’m getting married in Bali with only three friends," one said.

"I’m getting married in the garden with just a little dinner. What should I wear?"

"Alber, I’m no longer a size 0," fretted another. "What should I wear?"

"It’s my eighth husband, and my name is not Liz Taylor. What should I wear?"

Elbaz now says, “So I thought, Yes, I’m going to think about this.”

He did his thinking “more like a woman and not like a man” and dreamed up modern-day wedding attire (including unorthodox caftans, suits, and short dresses, all off-the-rack) under the name Collection Blanche. He even designed an engagement ring with a pearl on one side and a diamond on the other for Van Cleef & Arpels. So far, Elbaz has created 16 wedding dresses for special women around the world (including Demi Moore). “All of them are still married,” he proudly reports, “so I love the idea.”

Alber Elbaz on why he started designing wedding dresses. Excerpt from ‘Alber’s Next Move' in Harper’s BAZAAR US.
Lanvin’s ‘Marry Me!’ Perfume

Earlier this year, it was announced that Lanvin would be releasing a new fragrance during wedding season, aptly named ‘Marry Me!’ As someone who dreams about wearing Lanvin on my wedding day, I think that this is such a cute and romantic idea. It sparks all kinds of new ideas as to how someone could propose to you.

The fragrance was developed by Antoine Maisondieu and features top notes of Tunisian orange and Sambac jasmine cut with peach zest and jasmine tea aromas. Middle notes of magnolia blossoms and rose petals and base notes of white flowers, amber and musk round out this delicious-sounding scent.

Heloise Guerin and Julien Sabaud star in the adorable ad campaign, which was photographed by David Bellemere in Paris back in March. I love Guerin’s little white dress and whimsical pink pom-pom flats. And I’d be smiling like that too if I got to take a romantic bike ride around Paris with Julien Sabaud. He’s so handsome!

What do you think of Lanvin’s new perfume? Do you like the ad campaign?

Photograph by David Bellemere

Marry Me! will available to purchase exclusively at Harvey Nichols on September 11th for £32. It will be released in the US later this month.

Source: Women Management, FragranticatFs and British Beauty Blogger.

Serena Williams Attends Wedding in Lanvin

Serena Williams attended LaLa Vasquez’s wedding to Carmelo Anthony last month and chose to wear Lanvin for this very special occasion. Williams’ style has recently taken a very sophisticated turn and I thought her navy dress with black ruffled accents was the perfect ensemble to wear to this type of event. As most people will know, it’s best not to wear white to another persons wedding and unless the occasion is explicitly fancy dress, anything too outlandish either. Upstaging the bride is a big no-no, so opting for something sleek and simple, like what Williams chose to wear is the best approach.

This same dress was also worn by country singer LeAnn Rimes to the ACM Awards in May.

Sources: Examiner and Just Jared.