- Words by Mr Peter Henderson, Senior Fashion Writer, MR PORTER
Lanvin is France's oldest couture house still in operation, but its most recent chapter began in 2001 when Mr Alber Elbaz was appointed creative director, charged with revitalising the label for the 21st century. In 2005 he was joined by the Dutch designer Mr Lucas Ossendrijver, previously employed at Dior Homme, who was brought in to oversee menswear. Together, they have cemented Lanvin's reputation as one of the world's leading luxury brands, while the men's collections continue to impress us season after season.
With elements such as soft tailoring, grosgrain-trimmed shirts and suede sneakers combining to create a masculine wardrobe infused with louche Parisian style, Mr Ossendrijver's collections are wonderfully easy to wear and light in their execution. Playful touches such as flower buttonhole pins and oversized bow ties are underscored by a serious dedication to tailoring and solid, dependable staples such as well-cut shirts and chunky knitwear made from the finest materials. Click through the gallery, above, to discover what is currently inspiring Mr Ossendrijver, whose autumn/winter 2013 collection (available now on site) won critical acclaim for its subtle experimentation with proportions.