>> H&M is continuing their Lanvin for H&M video onslaught, whetting our appetites until the collection's online debut on the H&M website Nov. 2. Last week, it was Alber Elbaz sketching, and this week, it's Natasha Poly and Elbaz in scenes from the collection's campaign shoot. Although there are no peeks — the clothes are pixelated out — Poly, who has seen and worn the clothes, gushes: "The clothes are amazing. All the dresses, the skirts, the shapes, the fabrics . . . all are really, really amazing. I think I'm going to be in the shop myself . . . I'm going to buy a lot of stuff for myself as well."
>> We won't see a peek of the upcoming Lanvin for H&M collection until exactly 18 days before it hits stores, when the collection is unveiled on Nov. 2 via a film on H&M's website. But they're enjoying teasing us in the meantime: the Swedish retailer just released a trailer for the collection's online fashion show debut, complete with a Leigh Lezark appearance and Alber Elbaz sketching his trademark cartoon illustrations — which can be seen at the link. [Zet Fashion]
Stefano Pilati Said to Have Renewed Contract at Yves Saint Laurent; Karl Lagerfeld Rumored to Be Retiring in 2012
>> In response to the rumors of Stefano Pilati's tenuous footing at Yves Saint Laurent, more rumors: Balmain's Christophe Decarnin, former Saint Laurent men's designer Hedi Slimane, and Raf Simons were all reportedly approached for the job, but nonetheless, Pilati is said to have recently extended his contract for another three years. Word is, Hint reports: "Pierre Bergé has no interest in seeing the YSL brand continue. He'd rather see it killed and the legacy remain untouchable, observed only from afar through exhibitions, films, auctions, etc. As his foundation still controls the YSL archives, he can and does make life difficult for whomever wants a closer look at the house's DNA," which may have contributed to the potential replacements turning Pilati's position down. There's also speculation that Karl Lagerfeld plans to retire on his 30th anniversary at Chanel in 2012 — "it's thought he'll stage a massive, never-before-seen, no-expense-spared farewell" — leaving Alber Elbaz to take his place and Olivier Theyskens to take the reins at Lanvin. [Hint]
Amidst the hustle of Paris Fashion week, we caught up with Lanvin’s designer Alber Elbaz after the show. Getting a little philosophical, he tells us why he relates fashion to fruit and ponders what the role of a fashion designer is today. Plus, Elbaz shares why he has such a strong focus on the body and why Lanvin doesn’t make multiple versions of one dress!
After doing collaborations with Karl Lagerfeld, Matthew Williamson, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney, Madonna, and Comme des Garçons, hot retailer H&M recently announced its newest guest designer was none other than Alber Elbaz of Lanvin. For the full video and other teasers featuring Bottega Veneta and Carolina Herrera among others, visit H&M on YouTube.com.
This isn't the first time Lanvin has ventured into the beauty world; the French fashion house has just released its latest scent, Marry Me. But the H&M collaboration is the first time that designer Alber Elbaz will put the Lanvin name on color cosmetics. He's known for being particular about his vision — he and makeup artist Pat McGrath have parsed the details of red lipstick — and for preferring a woman to look smart over sexy. We're hoping Lanvin's limited-edition lipstick might provide a little bit of both.
The guessing game is over — Lanvin For H&M it is! According to creative director Alber Elbaz: "H&M approached us to collaborate, and see if we could translate the dream we created at Lanvin 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." Starting Nov. 20, you will be able to score Lanvin for way less. In the meantime, click through for 10 details we're dying to see.
>> After much speculation, H&M has confirmed that it is indeed collaborating with Lanvin for a collection of both men's and women's wear that will launch Nov. 20 in North America and Nov. 23 worldwide. Designed by Alber Elbaz and Lanvin menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver, the collection will be unveiled on Nov. 2 via a film on H&M's website.
Elbaz says of the collection: “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. I thought it was a smart concept so I say 'I do.' 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.”
And Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M, added: “We are thrilled about Lanvin’s collection for H&M, 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 launch in November is going to be full of wonderful surprises.”
UPDATE: The womenswear collection will reportedly encompass 30 garments and 15 accessories, while the menswear will include 25 garments and about 10 accessories. [@jimshi809]
The fashion world is aflutter this morning — who's going to be the next big designer to collaborate with H&M on its Holiday collection? The retailer posted this teaser video on its Facebook page, enticing fans to start the guessing game. Clearly the designer's voice has been changed, and presumably it's not even the designer in the clip, as many signs are pointing to Alber Elbaz of Lanvin. Who else would say in a French accent: "I think that men and women that are very comfortable within their own skin are gorgeous"? We'll have to wait until Sept. 9 to know for sure, but in the meantime, watch the clip and make your predictions.
>> H&M has peppered their official YouTube channel with seven black and white video clips of designers types, their faces obscured, teasing the upcoming H&M designer collaboration so far — with more to come likely. Although some of the clips' speakers resemble Vivienne Westwood or Rick Owens, and others have elicited guesses like Carolina Herrera or Tomas Maier, when the appearances are ignored, the voiceovers, though altered, come across as Alber Elbaz-isms.
Case in point, one clip posted yesterday (below), in which the guest designer says, "Design is very important, because it actually brings dream to our life. I think it's really important today to be actually relevant, not cool, because once cool, then cold. So relevant, I find it quite important." Additionally, WWD reports that "according to market sources" H&M is expected to unveil a project with Lanvin and Alber Elbaz "within the next week" — just around the time when the videos are teasing their Sept. 9 reveal date.