Little-known designer to lead fashion house Lanvin

Chinese conglomerate Fosun, who bought out couture house Lanvin last year, said they wanted to take Lanvin in a ‘pivotal new direction.’ (AFP)
Updated 21 January 2019
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Little-known designer to lead fashion house Lanvin

  • Bruno Sialelli is the fourth creative director to head the troubled brand in four years
  • The turmoil at the house began in 2015 with the departure of star designer Alber Elbaz

PARIS: A little known 31-year-old French fashion designer was handed the keys to Lanvin Monday, the oldest couture house of all.
Bruno Sialelli, who has previously worked for Loewe, Balenciaga and Acne Studios, is the fourth creative director to head the troubled brand in four years.
He has been charged with unifying its men’s and women’s lines after the Chinese conglomerate Fosun, who bought out the brand last year, said they wanted to take Lanvin in a “pivotal new direction.”
Chief executive Jean-Philippe Hecquet said that they were won over by Sialelli’s “singular and very personal vision, his audacity, his culture, his energy and ability to bild a strong creative team.”
The turmoil at the house began in 2015 with the departure of star designer Alber Elbaz after a 14-year run during which the brand became a favorite of the fashion set.
The following year the company — then owned by the Taiwanese media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang — sank to a loss of €18.3 million, its first in a decade.
Elbaz was eventually replaced by Bouchra Jarrar, who quit after just 16 months.


The Six: Arab and Muslim models in New York

Updated 16 February 2019
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The Six: Arab and Muslim models in New York

DUBAI: Arab and Muslim models took the runways by storm at New York Fashion Week, which closed on Sunday in the Big Apple.

Bella Hadid

The Palestinian-American model was a smash during the Michael Kors show, which paid tribute to 1970s fashion, rocking a sparkling black blazer with feathers on the sleeves.

Gigi Hadid

The hectic supermodel lifestyle didn’t get in the way of Bella’s sister, who was seen on the streets in her retro runway hairdo after walking the Michael Kors show.

Halima Aden

This Muslim model turned heads when she closed the Christian Cowan show with an oversized black and neon pantsuit and a chain-link rhinestone hijab.

Noor Tagouri

This Libyan-American journalist took her confidence to the next level when she decided to put down her pen and walk the runway for US brand Rebecca Minkoff.

Nora Attal

The British-Moroccan model kicked off the week in elegant leatherwork by French brand Longchamp and walked the runway for Brandon Maxwell.

Shanina Shaik

The Australian model, who was raised a Muslim and whose father is half-Saudi, modelled for Vietnamese designer Nguyen Cong Tri.