Fashion great Jeanne Lanvin is honoured with a new exhibition at Paris’ Palais Galliera

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Jeanne Lanvin is honoured with a new exhibition at Paris’ Palais Galliera

Lanvin is among the select group of venerable fashion houses whereby mere mention of its name elicits praise. But the person behind the name, founder Jeanne Lanvin, has never been cast in quite the same legendary light as Coco Chanel or even Elsa Schiaparelli.

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Jeanne Lanvin’s exhibition at Paris ‘Palais Galliera’

A new exhibition at the ‘Palais Galliera’ paints a stunning portrait of the designer, framing her creations – upwards of 100 examples – in the context of her life (1867-1946). Oliver Saillard, the museum’s general curator worked closely with Alber Elbaz, Lanvin’s director par excellence since 2001. Together, they steer visitors through a beautiful narrative that beings with a photograph of the designer at age 70, shielding her face with her hands, and ends with a sculpted evening coat in deep blue taffeta that dates back to the immediate aftermath of WWII.

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Jeanne Lanvin’s exhibition at Paris ‘Palais Galliera’

To see the maison’s codes take shape – the inclusion, for instance, of the gilded dolls depicting Lanvin with her daughter Marguerite that would become the house logo in 1924 – is to realise how the brand is the sum total of personal stories. Even the signature blue, which became the official company colour in 1921, comes with a story. Saillard, in a text found in the catalogue, notes Lanvin’s point of differentiation from her female contemporaries: ‘Lanvin was the first to give overall thought to lifestyle.’

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Jeanne Lanvin’s exhibition at Paris ‘Palais Galliera’

The show, simply titled ‘Jeanne Lanvin’ as if underscoring the focus, is the first of its kind in Paris – which seems even more surprising when you consider that the French fashion house holds the distinction of being oldest still in operation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is little mention of the present years.

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Jeanne Lanvin’s exhibition at Paris ‘Palais Galliera’

Instead, visitors peer into chic mirrored vitrines outlined in black; deliberate or not, they evoke the grosgrain that is now inextricably linked to the Lanvin aesthetic. Dresses from 80 years back appear remarkably contemporary, with ornamentation expressed judiciously and feminine silhouettes redefined with soigné ease. But Lanvin was also highly influenced by graphic impact and travel and her prime years coincided with a high period in Art Deco (in fact, her dresses often debuted at the international exhibitions in Paris, arguably a far more impressive platform than a salon presentation).

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Jeanne Lanvin’s exhibition at Paris ‘Palais Galliera’

Saillard, for his part, does acknowledge the through-line between both talents, pointing out that they share a ‘taste for discretion’. Similarly, Albaz has referred to the retrospective as a ‘whispering exhibition’. And as you observe the subtlety of such impressive detailing evolve over several decades, you understand precisely what he means.

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Eclat d’Arpège Eyes on You by Lanvin launching in limited edition

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After ‘Eclat d’Arpège’, ‘Eclat d’Arpège Summer’ and ‘Eclat d’Arpège Arty’, Lanvin has unveiled ‘Eclat d’Arpège Eyes on you’, a symbol of joy and femininity. These two characteristics also come out in the design of the bottle, which is decorated with a cute illustration portraying two long-lashed eyes with electric blue makeup and wine-red lips. The design reflects the unique style of Alber Elbaz.

The iconic round bottle of the ‘Eclat d’Arpège’ perfume, in a very feminine and subtle rose color, is topped with a fuchsia diamond. Two silver rings, symbolizing the bond between Jeanne Lanvin and her daughter, complete the design.

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Lanvin is set to release the newest version of its Eclat d’Arpège collection, ‘Eyes on You’, whose bottle was designed by Alber Elbaz, the luxury brand’s own artistic director. This new olfactory chapter will be sold as a limited edition starting later this summer.

Created by Karine Dubreuil, this fresh, floral and fruity composition opens with Sicilian lemon and lilac. The heart includes green tea leaves and peach blossom, on a base of Lebanese cedar and white musk.

Lanvin Eclat d’Arpège Eyes On You will hit shelves late July, as 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum

Lanvin Marry Me! Love Edition

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Maison Lanvin launches a romantic and adorable new version perfume for Valentine’s Day. Marry Me! Love Edition is the new flanker to 2010’s Marry Me! for Women. The perfume inspires life, joy, energy and excitement feelings. Lanvin Marry Me! Love Edition is not an everyday aroma thanks to its seductive and intense romantic notes that will constantly tempt a man.

A symbol of passionate feelings and burning declaration of love, the red rose has inspired the Marry Me! Love Edition. A declaration of love with flowers and bouquets of hearts, this edition is an ode to love and laughter, a made-to-measure gift for all fashionistas.

For this unique edition, the unexpected heart of red roses beats with exquisite sensuality while flirting with the sparkle of red currant and the tang of bitter orange. It wraps amorous arms around magnolia and bewitching sambac jasmine and melts into a bed of cedar and carnal musk. This radiant floral fragrance is irresistibly captivating….

The composition is signed by Antoine Maisondieu. Bitter orange and red currant flavors open it up. The core of the perfume includes flowers of red roses, Sambac jasmine and magnolia. The base notes are cedar and carnal musk.

Top notes: Bitter orange, Red currant
Heart: Jasmine, Red roses, Magnolia
Base: Cedar, Musk

Lanvin Marry Me! Love Edition comes in the same bottle shape as the original perfume, updated with a lovable red ribbon and pinky/red juice.

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The very cute packaging is illustrated by Alber Elbaz, the creative director of Maison Lanvin. Lanvin Marry Me! Love Edition is already available as 50 ml Eau de Parfum.