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Lanvin Finds Bouchra Jarrar's Replacement

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Olivier Lapidus

Olivier Lapidus will succeed Jarrar, who departed the French fashion house last Thursday.

Well, that was quick. Lanvin has found its new artistic director.

The French fashion house has hired Olivier Lapidus to replace Bouchra Jarrar, who stepped down from her role last Thursday after 16 months, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

"It is a great honor to join Lanvin and I warmly thank Madame Wang for placing her confidence in me," Olivier Lapidus said in a statement. "With nearly 130 years of history, Lanvin is the oldest French couture house. To ensure its longevity is an immense task and an exciting challenge."

Lapidus previously served as creative director of Balmain Homme in 1985-86 before joining Maison Lapidus from 1986 to 2000. He's the son of late French fashion designer Ted Lapidus, whose creations were worn by Brigitte Bardot and John Lennon. In 2010, he launched a capsule collection under Lapidus Vintage, which was inspired by archives from the eponymous label. He then worked on the decor for Hotel Felicien in Paris in 2013.

Lapidus most recently launched what he describes as the first e-couture house called Olivier Lapidus Creation, presenting a collection that consisted of a single-shoulder gold gown, a red silk mini dress, and a white long-sleeve mini with an asymmetrical hemline.

Lanvin issued a statement last week, confirming its breakup with Jarrar. "Lanvin and Bouchra Jarrar have mutually decided to put an end to their collaboration," read the statement. "Bouchra Jarrar will now concentrate on new projects." 

The split is rumored to have been caused by the tension between Jarrar and CEO Michele Huiban, as well as owner Shaw-Lan Wang's refusal to allow outside investments. Alber Elbaz, who was dismissed from the brand in October 2015 after 14 years, is said to have faced disagreements with Huiban and Wang, causing him to exit.

Lapidus will present his first collection for Lanvin in September.

 

1:28 p.m. Monday, July 10: Updated with Olivier Lapidus' statement.

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