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Lanvin's dreamy realist
Lanvin's dreamy realist

In just 10 years, Alber Elbaz has succeeded in waking the sleeping beauty that was the French fashion house of Lanvin, giving it a modern identity and a must-have status. His particular brand of imperfect glamour — fraying lace edges, exposed zippers, grosgrain ribbon and pearl trims, sculpted bows and rosettes — has elevated the humble T-shirt to near-couture standards, turned sneakers into $540 "It" shoes and reinvigorated the categories of cocktail dresses and costume jewelry. His aesthetic has been much-imitated, influencing designs and boosting sales at J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Forever 21 and other specialty stores. Lanvin's collection for...

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