It’s true, it’s true! I’m too excited to write anything! Here is the press release:

“H&M is proud to announce that its next designer collaboration will be with Lanvin, one of the most influential brands of the 21st century. Designed by Lanvin’s artistic director Alber Elbaz, and menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver, the collection will go on sale on November 23 in around 200 H&M stores worldwide. The collection of both womenswear and menswear will be revealed to the world on November 2, just three weeks before the clothes hit the store, making the launch of Lanvin for H&M among the most anticipated fashion events of the year.”

And here is a video of Alber Elbaz talking about the collaboration!

Wow, some dreams do come true! Who’s camping? I am!


I thought I’d offer some thoughts and speculations following my intensely well-written post above (please don’t count the exclamation points). As you know, I’m a Alber Elbaz fanatic.

I would like to stress the importance of this collaboration as it may be once in a lifetime opportunity for Elbaz’s clothes to be available on the low end of the dollar scale. In an excellent New Yorker article from March 2009 (download the PDF), Elbaz stated that there will never be a diffusion line by Lanvin:

“I have a problem to do a collection that is a secondary line… I mean, you don’t want to be the stepsister. You want to be Cinderella. Show me one girl who wants to be the stepsister.”

Lanvin tee (usually priced around $800)

I believe Elbaz will stay true to this statement: there will never be a Lanvin diffusion line as long as he is the creative director. Lanvin is like Chanel, iconic and timeless. Buying Lanvin is an investment. But that doesn’t mean Elbaz doesn’t enjoy collaborating with younger labels. He did a successful collaboration with Acne Jeans in 2008 and he has spoken about a collaboration with H&M in the past. I believe that the collection will be a a great representation of Lanvin, strong and feminine but playful and contemporary. There will be great tailoring, signature draping, ruffles, pom-poms and Elbaz-drawn Lanvin illustrations.

Lanvin little black dress (usually starting at $2,000+)

I think that we will see ballet flats, tote and pouch bags, playful accessories, Lanvin tees, flowy blouses, little black dresses and structured blazers. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed for a leather jacket and a killer (faux) fur coat. I do believe Elbaz will leave room for a lot of surprises. He will also take this opportunity to experiment a little — perhaps with denim? He is not one to play it too safe. November can’t come soon enough.

Lanvin for H&M logo and video courtesy of H&M.