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Sialelli puts new life into Lanvin on Paris catwalk

Lanvin is back. After going through four designers in four years, the oldest Paris couture house stormed back in style Wednesday with the debut show from new young French creator Bruno Sialelli. Share

The little-known 31-year-old, whose appointment last month surprised many, lit up the third day of Paris fashion week with an impressive and eclectic collection. With Hollywood stars Uma Thurman and Asia Argento in the front row alongside Chinese-Korean singer Meng Meiqi, and supermodels Kaia Gerber — the 17-year-old daughter of Cindy Crawford — and Gigi Hadid on the runway, the brand’s new Chinese owners, Fosun, clearly wanted to make a splash.

Sialelli obliged by sending out Hadid braless in a sheer top under a pearl pink coat that sent social media and the tabloids into a whirl. But his debut amid the medieval and Roman artefacts of the French capital’s newly renovated Cluny Museum was much more about clothes than clickbait.

There was poetry aplenty in his dreamy co-ed mix of folkloric fishermen’s tops tied with leather straps, duffle coats and silk scarf dresses. The former costume maker at the Marseille Opera threaded a child-like wonder into his clothes with prints of Saint George and the dragon and Babar the Elephant taken from a children’s storybooks.

Text from fairytales also made an appearance on boots and bags, with Sialelli, who previously work for Balenciaga and Loewe, festooning a series of sheer tops and dresses with a pack of embroidering foxes.

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