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Blast from the Past: Claude Montana

November 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Looking back on the season that was and some of the runway proportion plays, we started to think back to the larger than life silhouettes of the 1980s. Back when a shoulder pad was de rigueur you couldn’t open up a fashion magazine without seeing the incredible designs of Claude Montana. Focusing on exquisite construction, luxurious materials and of course shape, Montana’s eponymous label flourished from 1979 until 1997, and for two years in the early nineties he even held down the reigns at Lanvin and yes there was life before Alber.

The amount of designers who namecheck Montana as an inspiration is staggering, the late Alexander McQueen cited him as a primary influence and numerous others owe a great deal to Montana’s inventive spirit. Take a trip back to the past with a glimpse at some incredible House of Montana pieces, as worn by top models of the era. The clothes may be over 20 years old, but notice how relevant and modern they still seem – the ruffled skirt on the red suit wouldn’t seem out of place on this season’s Balenciaga runway, the oversized shearling jacket would work with today’s Rag & Bone and that dramatic white column for Lanvin, could appear on any red carpet today and be completely refreshing.

Jenny Howarth by Paolo Roversi for Montana, 1986

Jenny Howarth by Paolo Roversi for Montana 1988

Linda Evangelista in Montana in American Vogue, 1987

Annelisse Seubert in Montana, 1992

Linda Evangelista by Paolo Roversi for Lanvin S/S 90, by Montana

Karen Mulder by Paolo Roversi for Lanvin by Montana, 1991

Claudia Mason on the cover of British Vogue in Montana, 1993

 

Emma Sjoberg in Elle by Gilles Bensimon, 1991

Emma Sjoberg in Montana 1992 ads

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To Be Real

July 18th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

One of the most captivating campaigns to debut this season belongs to Lanvin. Instead of relying on the appeal of a fresh face or Hollywood it-girl, the brand chose a series of real women from ages 18 to 80 and created images unlike anything else you’re going to see this season. From the first Steven Meisel shot of an unsmiling sophisticate clad in designs from the Alber Elbaz‘s anniversary collection, to the striking shot of a lavender haired beauty surrounded by accessories, each image captures an appealing new mood. Elbaz told WWD that he was “interested to bring these clothes back to the street somehow, and seeing how they look on different ages, different sizes. It felt like a crazy family, and I like that.”

Jacquie “Tajah” Murdock and Stella Rose St. Clair and Rachel Trachtenburg by Steven Meisel for Lanvin

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Sneak Peak : Acuática

June 19th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Saskia de Brauw transforms into a bathing beauty for Nathaniel Goldberg‘s colorful new cover of  V Magazine Spain - on stands todayShot in Thailand and featuring several of the season’s swimwear hits (check out that gorgeous plum Lanvin on the cover) as chosen by Clare Richardson, the images are an appealing showcase for Saskia’s androgynous elegance.

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Abstract Elegance

September 23rd, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Karmen Pedaru can go from 60s mod to futuristic femme fatale in the blink of an eye and in Greg Kadel‘s sleek story for Numero she does. Adorned with flowers and wearing a host of outlandish outfits, Pedaru displays the versatility and innate elegance she’s become known for within the industry. Looking lean and toned in looks from Lanvin and Pucci, Karmen gives you everything.

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Signs of the Times

November 4th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

British Vogue has always been adept at capturing the whimsical side of fashion and this month they go all out with a special story by Tim Gutt that takes cues from astrology. With Siri Tollerod expressively playing all the signs and set designer Shona Heath contributing some truly inspiring sets and costumes to compliment Kate Phelan‘s styling, this edit is a whole lot of fun. Do you think the outfits match the signs? Let us know in the comments!

Virgo in Christopher KaneTaurus in Dolce & Gabbana
Scorpio in Altuzarra

Pisces in Miu Miu


Aquarius in a special costume designed by Shona Heath

Sagittarius in Givenchy

Capricorn in Chloe

Leo in Lanvin

Aries in Alexander McQueen


Gemini in Stella McCartney

Cancer in Nina Ricci

Libra in Louise Goldin

Image Credit | Scanned by Gossiping @ tFS

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Black Cat

August 3rd, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

Kristen McMenamy and Steven Meisel are a dream team in and of themselves but when you add in Alber Elbaz’s stunning creations for Lanvin and two very ominous looking kittens you have the makings of the campaign of the season. Are you loving this McMenamy moment or are all the black cats and startled looks a little too Halloween for you?

Kristen by Meisel for Lanvin | Image credit – OhJane at tFS

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The Power of One

July 29th, 2008 |Posted by Janelle

George Barnett is front and center for Lanvin menswear. The winsome Brit portrays an entire group of Lanvin clad boys in the new campaign. Multi-tasking comes naturally for George – in addition to modeling and apprenticing with Hedi Slimane, George is also the drummer for critically acclaimed band, These New Puritains.

George Barnett for Lanvin F/W 08 Menswear – Scan by Faith Akiyama at tFS

George Barnett by Hedi Slimane

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Alban in Lanvin

March 13th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

Former Model of the Week, Alban with Dominique Models, in the current Lanvin campaign

Photo: for Lanvin

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