Lucas Ossendrijver Leaves Lanvin

Lanvin has announced that after 14 years, Lucas Ossendrijver, the brands menswear artistic director, will be departing the company. The move has come in addition to the previous shake up the French house had in March, following Fosun Internationals majority stake acquisition in February. Ossendrijver has been a permanent fixture at Lanvin since his instalment under creative director Alber Elbaz.

Although a replacement for the brand has not yet been announced, it has been speculated that Bruno Sialelli, head of menswear at Loewe, will be the ideal successor. There has been rumours regarding the Italian designer joining the brand, at the helm of both their menswear and womenswear lines, following the departure of Bouchra Jarrar earlier this year. Although Sealelli currently designs a menswear line, he has previous experience designing womenswear collections for the likes of Paco Rabanne, Acne Studios and Balenciaga.

Fosun’s acquisition, including a reported €100 investment, aims to bring creativity back to the brand and get sales back on track. This included the appointment of LVMH veteran Jean-Philippe Hecquet as chief executive, who recently told BOF, “The number one priority is, of course, to bring back the creativity. Clearly our objective and our goals are very ambitious, and the road may be a bit bumpy,” he conceded. “It’s never easy to bring back to life a luxury brand.”