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Alber Elbaz: ‘Modern Style is Awful’

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers

Alber ElbazAlber Elbaz thinks modern clothes are mostly "awful and ugly."

The Lanvin chief - who is renowned for his love of simple styling - believes many outfits for the 21st century woman are too hard to wear, and wants to think of modernity as "beautiful, emotional and comfortable."

"Every time I think about modern, I always think about something awful and ugly, and all I am trying to do is think that modern can be beautiful. Modernity is not black leather, and modernity is not 17 zippers and modernity is not rock 'n' roll or heavy metal. Modernity for me is beautiful and emotional and comfortable and timeless. I mean, to see a woman sitting on 50 meters of tulle, I am not sure it's modern."

The Israeli designer reveals he wants his clothes to be worn by women who have a busy lifestyle and need function over fashion: "I think that I was very alert to women, and I am seeing more and more that women are changing. Their lifestyle is becoming more and more complex and more and more difficult on a daily basis. So I was trying always to simplify their life. For instance, dresses in the first collection, a lot of people said they were very romantic, I didn't see the romantic side of the dresses; I saw the easiness, the simplicity."


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Lea Michele Leads the Pink Fashion Pack at Golden Globes

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, News

Lea Michele at the Golden Globes 2011Lea Michele led the way at this year's Golden Globes by looking stunning in pink.

The Glee actress wowed onlookers at the prestigious ceremony in Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday night in a ruffled asymmetric Oscar de la Renta gown, which showed off her figure perfectly.

Pink proved to be a popular color, with Best Actress winner Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Claire Danes and Megan Fox all donning a different shade. Speaking of her hot pink Alber Elbaz-Lanvin gown, Julianne - who was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress (Comedy) category - said, "Alber phoned about 15 minutes after I was nominated. He said over the phone, 'How do you feel about pink?' and I said, 'Yeah, whatever.' "

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Fashion Police: Anne Hathaway Gets Catty For Halloween

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Celebrities, News

Much to my eyes' dismay, it seems like catsuits aren't leaving the red (or pink) carpets anytime soon. First was Kelly Osbourne, and now Anne Hathaway wore a more flattering leopard printed version for the Lanvin Halloween/H&M party.

Regularly listed at the top of best dressed lists, it's almost painful to look at the photos of Anne from the party. While it was Halloween, perhaps she could have put more effort into the costume (is it too much to ask that the mask match the color of the rest of her outfit?) or ditched the mask altogether.

Let her off the hook for having fun, or is this simply unforgivable?

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Alber Elbaz Did H&M Line So That All Women Could Afford Lanvin

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Alber Elbaz says the inspiration behind his H&M collaboration was to give all women the chance to wear his creations. The Lanvin artistic director has designed a range of affordable clothing for the Swedish high street brand and is keen to appeal to females who can't normally afford to buy his pieces.

"It was an exercise for me to understand what is the relationship between high fashion and fast fashion. Ninety-five per cent of women cannot afford Lanvin, so let them have a taste. It's like if I was living in a palace and opened some doors and said, 'Have tea with me, taste the food.' It's not about giving away something that belonged to someone else; it's about sharing."

Elbaz also insisted he didn't do the collaboration to be cool, he just wanted the Lanvin to be "relevant."

"The beauty of our business is that we can do things and then move on. This project with H&M was about being relevant to a moment. I have always said that we are not a cool brand. It's not about being cool or not. We try to be relevant. I'm not going into the cool club. It's not my address." The range hits stores this month.


First Look: Lanvin for H&M

H&M has finally thrown fashion junkies a bone.

After initially keeping their lips sealed with headless promos making fans guess who was to head the next designer collection, H&M finally announced Lanvin would be the line. Then there were the couple viral videos that showed a behind-the-scenes look at the campaign with the clothes censored and an Alber Elbaz tirelessly putting his creations to paper as two model French maids waited on him. In both instances, the H&M clothes didn't appear, and weren't expected to appear until the November 2nd online fashion show... until now!

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Items Du Jour: Lara Stone Loves ANTM, Teens Go Make-Up Free

Victoria Beckham on Marie Claire—Victoria Beckham sports Jean Paul Gaultier’s shoulder-padded bra for La Perla on the November issue of Marie Claire. As usual, she looks fabulous.

—Whether it’s her red carpet

fiascos looks or her Sesame Street drama, Katy Perry has caught the eye of knock-off

shoe designer Steve Madden. The pair are currently in talks to collaborate on a collection together; however, neither sides have yet to confirm.

—Model Lara Stone admits that she’s a huge fan of America’s Next Top Model. When asked about whether or not she’s learned anything from the shoe, she admits, “Smizeing. I’m good at that.”

—A quirky teaser video for Lanvin’s H&M collection is out. Check back on H&M’s site November 2nd for the line’s fashion show. The collection, however, won’t hit stores until November 20th.

—CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg is to launch a beauty range with ID Beauty. The first product, a perfume, is expected hit stores this fall. The rest of the line will include cosmetics and skin care products.

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Items Du Jour: Lara Stone Covers Vogue Again, Alber Elbaz Cares

Pregnant Lily Allen at Givenchy—A pregnant Lily Allen showed up at Givenchy in some chic pregnancy wear. True to Fall/Winter looks, she kept it simple and Parisian with a gray long coat, white blouse, and black pumps.

Glee star Lea Michele has become quite the fashion darling, striking a pose with Zac Posen. With her nude robe-like dress, I’d say that she has some more styling etiquette to learn.

—Alber Elbaz is probably the sweetest, most caring designer. The Lanvin creative gave his models the option of wearing comfy gladiator sandals (at the last minute!) for his Spring/Summer 2011 show.

—After scoring Vogue Paris‘s coveted 90th anniversary cover, Lara Stone is right back on Vogue—this time, it’s in her native UK mag.

—Finally taking a cue from some sensible publicists, American Apparel attempts to save the brand’s image in some new ads that feature a less-creepy Dov in the face of their financial woes. He just still couldn’t resist shooting the ads in his bed.

—Traditional and iconic American swimsuit model Marisa Miller changes things up for 944, sporting a dark bob wig and gloves—a far cry from her usual California-esque look.

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Lanvin Revealed as H&M Designer

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers, News, Rumors

Alber ElbazWhile they initially had people guessing, H&M revealed Lanvin to be the next fashion house to collaborate with the global brand.

The Swedish high street brand - which has previously collaborated with , Madonna and Karl Lagerfeld on cheaper ranges - has created a range of luxury clothes in conjunction with Lanvin’s artistic director Alber Elbaz, who has previously said he would never work with a mass market store.

“H&M approached us to collaborate, and to see if we could translate the dream we created at to a wider audience, not just a dress for less. I have said in the past that I would never do a mass-market collection, but what intrigued me was the idea of H&M going luxury rather than Lanvin going public. This has been an exceptional exercise, where two companies at opposite poles can work together because we share the same philosophy of bringing joy and beauty to men and women around the world.”

H&M’s creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch added the brand was “thrilled” about the collection: “We are thrilled about Lanvin’s collection for , it is such an exciting moment. Lanvin will bring to H&M a luxurious French tradition that is also modern and playful. It is very much a Lanvin collection, using their cut and tailoring, with lots of focus on form and details for both women and men.” The range will hit stories on November 23.


Quote of the Day: Alber Elbaz on Celebrity Lines

Alber Elbaz

“I feel that some celebrities think that because they are famous, they can do fashion. Imagine if I want to be now a dancer. Trust me, I can’t. I can’t jump. I can’t even limp from one point to another. I feel that there is this kind of confusion.”

- Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz on .

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Quote of the Day: Alber Elbaz on Designing

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Fashion Designers, News

Alber Elbaz

“Sometimes I feel like Carrie from . I sit in front of my computer and ask myself, ‘Does the daytime have to be boring and grey?’”

- Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz on how he feels about clothes.

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