Beijing celebrates 10 years of Alber Elbaz at LANVIN
On Thursday night (April 26th), Fan Bing Bing, Zhou Dong Yu, Ni Ni, Dong Die, Godfrey Gao, Peter Ho, Su You Peng, Qi Qi, Simon Yam wearing Lanvin, joined 800 guests to celebrate Alber Elbaz's 10 years of design for LANVIN at the Beijing Hotel. President, Madame Wang Shaw-Lan arrived with well-respected singer Ms Tsai Qin, who captured much attention from media from around the region.
Earlier in the day, a book signing for the book "Alber Elbaz, Lanvin" took place after the press conference in the lounges of the Sanlitun Village shop.
The echoes of this event will resonate at the upcoming opening of a new flagship shop at Shanghai Reel and consolidate the expansion of the oldest French fashion house on the Chinese market. The new setting will propose the Women's ready-to-wear collection, the Men's collections and the Lanvin Petite and Blanche lines as well as a must-have selection of accessories that will be available in May 2012.
After dinner, in the porch of the Beijing Hotel, the guests made their entrance on the red carpet laid out for the occasion. Falling in with photographers, guests paused amidst the crackling of flashing cameras for a stylised photocall in front of the wall covered with Alber's drawings.
Further along, in the hall entirely decorated with Versailles parquet and illuminated with period chandeliers, every guest took their seat on red and gold Napoleon chairs, waiting patiently for the fashion show to begin...
The Fashion Show.
A beam of white light. A few notes drifted in from Maxence Cyrin on his grand piano and the first of Lucas Ossendrijver's men's wear models emerged from the big black curtains masking the back of the room. As Lanvin's Men's Style Director since 2005, Ossendrijver perpetuates the brand's codes to better reinterpret the classics of men's fashion. The more fitted the waists, the more exaggerated the shoulders; this collection has been woven with the thread of innovation and originality that is meshed in every one of the materials used. The last runways concluded the Winter 2012 season in a shower of powdery light.
Then it was time for the Women's show: the black curtains parted, unveiling a large scene where walls with mirror-like effects interacted with large golden mirrors. An imposing chandelier hung over the scene from which models emerged, showing the emblematic work of Alber Elbaz since 2001. Forty looks in motion, a moment of pure style and emotion. The movements continued to the rhythm of the basses and told us the story of a decade, giving us a glimpse of a future focused on the strength of desire. Feathered dresses, fur coats, evening gowns embroidered with crystals, tiered sheath dresses in sculptural rubber... The hues were as if projected in vibrant colour fields, the signature of the Lanvin woman. Then the lights dimmed...
On the last notes of the wildly applauded fashion show and under the finery and ornaments of the majestic chandeliers, the red velvet curtains unveiled a second room where festivities were about to begin. Pyramids of sweet delicacies, pastel-coloured treats, champagne fountains and grosgrain ribbons created a warm and festive atmosphere for this great family reunion that reminded us of the one in Paris. Guests danced all night long to the sound of mixes by Cécile Togni and Patrick Vidal, touched and moved to celebrate a fashion saga and Alber Elbaz's 10 years of design at Lanvin.