Bruno Sialelli Is Leaving Lanvin
The creative director exits the company after four years at the helm.
Bruno Sialelli is leaving Lanvin after four years at the helm as creative director.
"I am deeply proud of what we have achieved at Lanvin over the past four years and wish to thank Lanvin and my team who through their unique talents and dedication have accompanied me in this great adventure," Sialelli said in a statement to WWD.
Sialelli's next move is unclear. Since joining the company in 2019, he was tasked with revamping the centuries-old French fashion house with a youthful and modern energy — think chunky sneakers and asymmetrical jeans, along with the usual regal gowns.
But it seems Lanvin is going in a different direction, and upending its usual order of operations. According to WWD, executives plan to focus their attention on leather goods and accessories, in addition to launching the Lanvin Lab, a pseudo-incubator that will work with known and emerging design talents for "creative partnerships." (The guest designer model is trending on the French design scene: AZ Factory and Jean Paul Gaultier have adopted it in recent years, too.)
"Lanvin is poised for a new chapter," Siddhartha Shukla, Lanvin deputy general manager, told WWD. "As we reimagine the brand, embracing the values instilled in it by Jeanne Lanvin over 130 years ago, we situate the house at the vanguard of fashion and culture at a time of extraordinary and inspiring change."
Before Lanvin, Sialelli was part of Loewe's menswear team. He has also worked at Balenciaga (alongside Nicolas Ghesquière), Acne Studios and Paco Rabanne. Though greatly accomplished in his career, Sialelli has kept a relatively low profile in a position that often requirs becoming a sort of personality.
Lanvin has been a big participant in the game of creative director musical chairs: Since Alber Elbaz left in 2015, after 14 years at the company, there have been three designers at the brand — Bouchra Jarrar, Olivier Lapidus and Sialelli.
Whatever the future holds will be on display this September, as Lanvin reportedly plans to continue showing at Paris Fashion Week.
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