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  • “Lanvin: I love you” book by Alber Elbaz

  • “Lanvin: I love you” book by Alber Elbaz

  • “Lanvin: I love you” book by Alber Elbaz


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“Lanvin: I love you” book by Alber Elbaz

A new book, published this month by Rizzoli, casts a light on the artistic universe of Lanvin’s creative director, Alber Elbaz. Titled “Lanvin: I love you”, the hardcover monograph includes more than 200 images of the amazing window displays of Lanvin’s boutique on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, as well as a selection of one-off exhibits at the Crillon Hotel in Paris and at Art Basel in Miami. It is also accompanied by notes, sketches and unpublished renderings of concepts, all handwritten by Elbaz, which reveal the designer’s inspiration.

Alber Elbaz considers his window displays to be a prolongation of his runaway shows, as well as an excellent tool to communicate in an artful way the spirit of each Lanvin’s collection. That’s why he puts an extreme emphasis on the surreal montages and eye-catching setups he creates each season, often featuring a series of fictional characters, each one with a story behind him.

Standing somewhere a snapshot of a street theater performance and a still from an avant-garde film, Elbaz’s compositions reflect the heritage of the theatrical mise-en-scènes and speak right in the heart of the passers-by. “When I do windows, I don’t start with a red dress or a white coat, I begin with a dream, with a story, and with a sketch,” the designer writes in the book’s foreword. “Windows are the most direct way to communicate with people.” “Lanvin: I love you” is now available for purchase at Lanvin’s boutiques, as well as at selected bookstores around the globe.