It may have only been a few days since word hit that Lanvin found a minority investor to take a 12.5 percent stake in the company, but the Alber Elbaz-designed label is already seeing the benefits (the funding is going primarily to increasing retail space for Lanvin). We will be getting the first Lanvin boutique in the U.S. when a shop opens at Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour, Florida with a cocktail party on December 4th – perfectly timed to Design Miami and Miami Art Basel. While this is the first U.S. shop, Lanvin owns 19 boutiques worldwide and there are 21 franchises, in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.
If Lanvin’s not your style and you’re more into high fashion meets celebrity memorabilia, Topshop has come-up with a new program, Dress Me Up, which lets shoppers “hire” dresses (the hire fee is £40) owned by celebs including Kate Moss, Freida Pinto, Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Palermo, Jourdan Dunn, and Naomi Campbell. Those dresses will then be auctioned off with all proceeds going to Age Concern and Help the Aged.
For those looking for yet another fashion fix, Garth Pugh has just been moved from Browns Focus, where up-and-comers are sold, to the main Browns store). He will be sold alongside the likes of We Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, Haider Ackermann and Azzedine Alaia come spring.