Lanvin Appoints Former Loewe Menswear Designer Bruno Sialelli Artistic Director
FRANCE — Last October 2018, DM Fashion Book reported that Lanvin was in talks with Bruno Sialelli, who recently exited Loewe, where he was head of men’s wear. It was rumored that he was chosen as the house’s new creative director (see it here).
A month later (November 2018), we reported that creative director Lucas Ossendrijver has exited the French house (see it here).
The news confirms a report by DM Fashion Book that the designer was parting ways with the brand in the wake of sweeping changes at the historic French house under its new owner Fosun International. The Chinese conglomerate acquired a majority stake in fashion house last February (see it here).
Today Monday (January 21), it was announced that Lanvin has appointed Bruno Sialelli artistic director, signaling new direction for the historic French house.
“His singular and very personal vision, his audacity, his culture, his energy and ability to build a strong creative team definitely convinced us,” said Lanvin chief executive officer Jean-Philippe Hecquet.
The Fosun Fashion Group-owned label cited the designer’s “youthful translation” of its storied heritage along with his ability to navigate between men’s and women’s wear among reasons for settling on the designer in a process that involved an “incredible array” of candidates for the position.
Sialelli worked under the direction of J.W. Anderson at Loewe. He has also worked at Balenciaga, with Nicolas Ghesquière and Alexander Wang, as well as Acne Studios, where he was the senior designer for women’s wear, and Paco Rabanne.
“His proven ability to seamlessly transition between men’s wear and women’s wear will stand Lanvin in great stead as luxury fashion increasingly blurs the boundaries between the sexes,” the company said in a press release.
“We are excited to see the dynamism that will be brought to this great house through the complementary combination of Bruno’s creative talent with Jean-Philippe’s energetic and singular corporate direction,” Fosun chairman Joann Cheng noted in the statement.
The house has seen a succession of designers since Alber Elbaz was shockingly fired in 2015, after 14 years at the house (see it here). His successor was Bouchra Jarrar (see it here). After 15 months and two collections, Jarrar left the troubled house (see it here). In July 2017, it was announced that French designer Olivier Lapidus was named Lanvin‘s new artistic director, replacing Jarrar (see it here). In March 2018, we announced that artistic director Lapidus exited Lanvin. At the time, the house was also parting ways with general manager Nicole Druz (see it here).
Lanvin pulled out from the runway calendar for the upcoming Paris Fashion Week Men’s in January.
The house’s design studios, whose members are believed to include former Ungaro alum Estrella Archs, prepared a spring 2019 collection for its boutiques and wholesale clients, but did not invite press to review the line during Paris Fashion Week.
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