18 September 2008

So what's Lanvin planning for Paris Fashion Week?

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It was the sort of frenzy usually associated with the launch of a must-have ‘It' bag. When designer Alber Elbaz jetted into the capital for just a few hours to celebrate the opening of Lanvin's new London store, he could barely move for a gaggle of A-list admirers. Wearing his trademark bow tie and black-rimmed glasses, Alber spent the evening catching up with friends, including the singer Mika, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Jefferson Hack, Jasmine Guinness and Sharleen Spiteri, over Kir Imperial cocktails and Snow Leopard Martinis. Like many of the big names at the party, Grazia was desperate for a sneak preview of Lanvin's Paris Fashion Week show next week. ‘I can't reveal too much - I'm too superstitious to talk about it!' Alber said. But he did let slip that his current inspiration has come from a different mixture of ‘words, stories and dreams'. ‘I love coming over to London and catching up with old friends, but I feel like I have been taken out of my creative bubble. I need to fly back tomorrow to get back to work.' Singer Mika - who admitted he was wearing a pair of gold Louis Vuitton shoes stolen from a recent fashion shoot - also hinted that he might have helped to inspire Lanvin's latest collection. ‘Alber told me he's been listening to my music,' he said. Guests were treated to live music from the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain - who paid homage to Alber by wearing oversize Lanvin bow ties as they played tracks including I'm Just A Teenage Dirtbag and Smells Like Teen Spirit. Later, the A-list crowd moved on to nearby Sir John Soane's Museum for a private dinner, before heading home with goodie bags filled with monogrammed bow ties.
- Claire Newbon


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