Lanvin hosted back-to-back parties in Paris Friday night. Guests first toured a preview of the “Jeanne Lanvin” retrospective at the Palais Galliera and then repaired to the historic private salons of the Shangri-La Hotel where feathered top hats, fresh blooms and taxidermy parrots and flamingos added to the festive mood.
Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli had traveled to Paris early especially for the event, with their latest collection due to be presented on Tuesday.
“The exhibition is fantastic, I love the trunk with the mirror that shows the inside of the dress and its amazing workmanship, and the story’s beautiful because it’s about a woman who made dresses for her daughter; it’s very romantic,” said Chiuri, dressed in a long black cape, her fingers loaded with bold rings carrying scarab beetles, skulls and cobras.
Mingling by the bar as the crowd bopped to a live band, Katerina Jebb, who did the show’s catalogue, said: “I spent a long time with those clothes, those works, masterpieces of texture and application. So poetic.”
The artist, who wore a long white vintage Zandra Rhodes dress, is planning a solo exhibition for the Réattu museum in Arles for next year.
“It’s such a wonderful walk down history lane, a beautiful historic insight into the evolution of fashion and of course, from a Swarovski point of view, such a wonderful use of crystal within the creations,” said Nadja Swarovski, whose family owned crystal company is one of the show’s key sponsors.
Designer Vincent Darré noted he’s doing the costumes for a traveling outdoor opera, “La Traviata,” directed by Arielle Dombasle.
Lanvin owner Shaw-Lan Wang, who recruited Alber Elbaz to wake up Lanvin. was dazzled by the dispaly. “I saw a dress from 1936,” she said. “The clothes Alber makes today are in the same spirit.”
Wang proffered some fashion advice, too: “You have to have your own style, but it must be elegant; elegant things stand the test of time.”