Lucas Ossendrijver, head of the Lanvin ready-to-wear brand, said, “Men don’t change every season, even every year. What changes is their lifestyle.” This year’s RTW Spring collection is a celebration of equal part elegance and individuality. His ensembles push the professional approach of suits, yet they stay loose and move with the body, accentuating exquisite materials that are naturally high-priced.
A theme of fluidity seems to flow through most of the pieces in this collection; a thin belt often barely keeps a loose but smooth vest or button-down inline, stanchioned by slim but freely flowing dress pants. Later, close-cut jackets are offset by an unhinged vest and an eye-jarring collared shirt beneath it. The outfits that accompany his white pea coats and jackets scream authority and know-how. Moreover, the king of the lot is the ivory jacket with sharp flipped-up black leather cuffs to compliment a generously cut black leather collar. Oh, and the black ascot over a silky slick button-down is a nice bonus.
Lanvin’s new collection enables men to find a look that’s all their own without sacrificing a shred of quality or professionalism. Many looks exhibit the feeling of energy and urgency, instead of conventional rigidness and conformity.
Lanvin was the guest designer for H&M’s 2010 Winter Collection. In 2013, Lanvin became the official tailor of Arsenal FC, a London-based soccer club. Lucas Ossendrijver has been the head of men’s-ready-to-wear clothing since 2006.