Fash­ion house Lan­vin names Lapidus artis­tic di­rec­tor

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French de­signer Olivier Lapidus has been ap­pointed artis­tic di­rec­tor of Paris la­bel Lan­vin fol­low­ing his pre­de­ces­sor's res­ig­na­tion from the trou­bled fash­ion house. "I wel­come the ar­rival of Olivier Lapidus to the artis­tic di­rec­tion of Lan­vin," the com­pany's for­mi­da­ble owner, Tai­wanese me­dia mag­nate Shaw-Lan Wang, an­nounced in a state­ment yes­ter­day. "His great un­der­stand­ing of the world of this house, the world of fash­ion and de­sign, and his res­o­lutely mod­ern ap­proach will bring Lan­vin to new hori­zons," she added.

Lapidus, 59, a prom­i­nent fig­ure in high-tech fash­ion, re­places Bouchra Jar­rar, who was ap­pointed artis­tic di­rec­tor for Lan­vin's women's col­lec­tions in March 2016. Jar­rar quit Lan­vin only 10 months af­ter she showed her first col­lec­tion there. The 46-year-old had closed her own la­bel so she could ded­i­cate her­self to re­viv­ing France's old­est fash­ion house. But it soon be­came clear that all was not well within the house, which has been in tur­moil since the shock sack­ing of its pre­vi­ous de­signer Al­ber El­baz in 2015.

In a short state­ment late Thurs­day an­nounc­ing Jar­rar's de­par­ture, Lan­vin said they had "mu­tu­ally de­cided to put an end to their col­lab­o­ra­tion". Lapidus was born into the fash­ion world: he is the grand­son of a Rus­sian emi­gre tai­lor, and the son of Ted Lapidus, who made his mark on fash­ion in the the 1960s and 1970s with his uni­sex and sa­fari styles. He was artis­tic di­rec­tor of Lapidus for 11 years, where he ad­vo­cated a mar­riage be­tween haute cou­ture, crafts and in­dus­trial re­search lab­o­ra­to­ries. But his new job presents a daunt­ing prospect.

The pop­u­lar El­baz had brought Lan­vin, founded in 1889, back from the edge of obliv­ion be­fore he fell foul of Wang. Wang and Lan­vin's other ma­jor share­holder, Swiss busi­ness­man Ralph Bar­tel, plan to re­cap­i­talise the com­pany and re­launch the brand, ac­cord­ing to the French busi­ness mag­a­zine Chal­lenges. — AFP

This file photo shows French fash­ion de­signer for Lan­vin, Bouchra Jar­rar (left) ac­knowl­edg­ing the au­di­ence at the end of her women’s Fall-Win­ter 2017-2018 ready-to-wear col­lec­tion fash­ion show in Paris. — AFP pho­tos

This file photo shows French fash­ion de­signer Olivier Lapidus sit­ing in a flower-cov­ered arm­chair as he poses dur­ing a photo ses­sion at his work­shop in Paris.

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