Jeanne Lanvin created more than a mere brand, she built a fashion legacy. One of the oldest French fashion House, Lanvin was created in 1889, in a time when the concept of ready-to-wear wasn’t fathomable. Through decades turned century, Lanvin has developed a signature craft, a silhouette even, but also its ability to adapt to the 20th century’s fast pace. In 1926, her nephew Maurice Lanvin became the house’s first menswear designer, Lanvin became the first ever Maison to offer both Men’s and Women’s collections. The classical silhouette stood throughout the years and until 2005, when Lucas Ossendrijver joined the artistic team to collaborate with Alber Elbaz on the menswear collections.
Since then, Ossendrijver has been named menswear artistic director and has kept on experimenting with the Lanvin man, shaping him in an edgy, easy-going effortless traveler. This Spring/Summer 2017 collection is all about overlaying influences and blending inspirations. Open Hawaiian and bowling shirts show hints of polo shirts, worn under bomber jackets and leather or cotton raincoats, while suit pants get physical, combined with running sneakers. Pieces are oversized and lightweight, allowing the body to move.
The collection is big on mixing patterns together, from stripes to checks, from florals to unabashed tribal motifs. Throughout the ensemble, the arrow, a heritage from the Cherokee tribes, jumps out of the compass, pointing at the future.