Bruno Sialelli ‘redefines wardrobe’ of maison with inspiration from archives
Can a 31-year-old cool kid bring France’s oldest couture house back to its former glory? That is the task the designer Bruno Sialelli is faced with at the French fashion house Lanvin and on Wednesday morning all eyes were on his debut.
It’s not an easy task for a young designer who is used to being behind the scenes to take the spotlight, not least at a house which has been in turmoil since the acrimonious departure of its much-loved and revered creative director Alber Elbaz in 2015. Amid staff revolts and sporadic changes in strategy from the then owner, Shaw-Lan Wang, in the three-and-a-half years that have passed the house has seen two designers – Bouchra Jarrar and Olivier Lapidus – hurriedly appointed before being swiftly shown the door.