Lanvin for H&M needing more love in Japan

The fashion community waited with baited breathe when news first broke about the H&M and Lanvin collaboration. And there was near pandemonium when the collection was first available for purchase online, overloading the server bandwidth and all the technical schzam that I shan’t frazzle my fringe in.

On my recent trip to Tokyo, I was shocked but sadistically overjoyed to see a contented shopper leaving the Ginza district outlet with her very own ‘H&M ❤ Lanvin’ bag tucked under her slender arm. Closer investigations into the store confirmed my hunch as I found signature pieces lined obediently in rows, awaiting my thorough inspection.

Usual suspects were present – overpriced accessories and shoes that would eat your heart for dessert. But, rather unexpectedly, high rollers such as the signature red tulle tutu dress and yellow ruffle toga dress were also rounded up in this raid.

Conversations in the interrogation room did not reveal much and without a confession, I found it hard to post bail for this baby. But if you are convinced of her innocence, by all means, Japan still has sizes!


Off-script as usual, was how described Tilda Swinton’s almost-signature off-beat read carpet style.

tslanvinoscars09From yesterday at the Oscars – a two piece Lanvin ensemble.

I thought it was lovely. The opposing direction of the drapes on the top and bottom. She always has such great accessories too. Not quite sure about the shoes though.


When she picked up a statuette last year – a long black Lanvin dress that got the words “trashbag” and “crow” on people’s lips.

I loved the contrast, between her dress and skin, dress and hair, hair and skin.. Then you notice her eyes… Ooooh. Clever.

All these appearances is courtesy of Lanvin’s Alber Albaz, who can almost be described as Tilda’s BFF for the red carpet, save for the fact that it seems a bit odd to say so.

(Imagine tight Alber-Tilda hug and air kiss)

Night Of Stars Fashion GalaFashion Group International’s 24th Annual Night of Stars honoring “The Rule Breakers” in 2007

Notice the lack of tight hug and air kiss. All is sealed with a casual arm hook. Do you not covet Alber’s bowtie?

While Tilda has received lots of flak for her supposed red carpet dress distress (she doesn’t look that bad… does she?), she sure looks like she enjoys draping herself in avant garde wares, or in some instances, lending her avant garde/quirky quality to the garments.

Or maybe she likes the silly reactions she gets – us minions fussing about her strange sartorial choices when she knows that she pulls them off perfectly.

At the 17th Annual BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards in 2008. A polka dotted long dress from Lanvin Resort 2009.

I didn’t know her hair was THAT short along the sides. That aside, I love this best. It almost seems a bit too fun for Tilda.. but tall, loose silhouette and charming details? Check!

I think that quirky quality about her, along with her off-screen, off-script fashion sense garnered her quite a few photoshoots. I haven’t come across anyone of her age and status (more artist, serious actress, less celebrity, less model) who was as sought after among magazines. (More on Tilda in magazines later!)

Which do you think describes her better? Wearing avant garde or making avant garde?

Pictures from, red carpet fashion awards and random googling.

Very Goot Watercolour

I would say that I understand watercolour best compared to others like oil or acrylic. There’s something controlled but unrestrained about it in the different techniques usually used in the same painting – wet in wet, dry on wet…

When I was still taking/learning art, I always had this hovering idea that my watercolours had to look airy-fairy, light, transluscent, with clean lines but blended colours, and all that. I kinda made solid colours my personal taboo (partly because I didn’t know how to achieve it nicely).

I’m often intrigued by how designers come up with their mind boggling prints.

Josh Goot started these with careless (you never realllyyy know how careless “careless” is to an artist, but yea) throws of paint, scanned into a computer, then digitally manipulated to make it look more like water.

Well watercolour is pretty liquid to begin with, but it’s nice to see how this fluidity goes onto both flowy shapes and clean minimalist jackets.

I get hints of Jil Sander and Lanvin sans prints from these, but who cares!