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SNEAK PEEK: Lanvin Unveils Four Beauties From It’s H&M Collection

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 12:15 am
  • October 20, 2010

Sneak Peek of Lanvin for H&M

Those folks at Lanvin sure know how to keep things under wraps, but after months of speculation and pining for a sneak peek at Lanvin’s rumored collection for Swiss-mass-market chain H&M, we finally have a tiny glimpse of four pieces that scream of the couture design house’s past seasons.

In a typically stark and dour campaign advertisement, we see Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz utilizing some of his most iconic designs to recreate the Lanvin woman (with a much, much lower price point.)  Not seeing the connection?  Let’s take a peek.

One-shouldered, belted black dress for Lanvin 2009 pre-Fall Collection

The one-shouldered, belted black cocktail dress to the far left of H&M advertisement is strikingly similar to a piece included in Lanvin’s 2009 pre-Fall Collection – complete with a full-gathered shoulder embellishment and further gathering at the belted waist.  And… hey… doesn’t it also look like this little number from Lanvin’s Spring 2009 runway show?

Lanvin Spring 2009 Collection

The similarities didn’t end there.

Check out the tuxedo jacket on the middle-right model of H&M’s advertisement and then take a gander at the virtual replica of the tuxedo jacket in Lanvin’s 2010 pre-Fall collection:

Lanvin's pre-Fall 2010 Collection

Peeked lapel? Check. Mid-thigh length? Check. Bejeweled button enclosure? Check.  I guess Elbaz really meant it when he said “Doing a collection, for me, is almost like creating a vaccine. Once you create the vaccine, then you can duplicate it for $9.99. But see if you can create it for $9.99.”

No judgement here, though.  Lanvin continues to carry it’s reputation for creating clothing that embodies a dramatic elegance well into this modern age – and that, in and of itself, is without fault.  We here at Project Beauty are decidedly giddy to see more – but we’ll have to wait.  Lanvin won’t unveil the entire H&M collection until November 2.

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