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Lucas Ossendrijver celebrates 10 years at Lanvin

Lucas Ossendrijver celebrates 10 years at Lanvin

Lucas Ossendrijver has reflected on his lessons in fashion as he celebrates 10 years at Lanvin.

The Dutch designer joined the French label in 2006 after working at Kenzo and Dior Homme.

For the majority of the last decade, the menswear artistic director worked with former Lanvin head Alber Elbaz, but the working relationship came to an end when Elbaz departed the brand in late 2015 due to differences of opinion with the shareholders.

“You know those 10 years have been quite formative for me,” Ossendrijver mused to Matches Fashion. “Working with Alber, I learned such a great deal of things. Spending 10 years working with someone in fashion is an eternity. It’s quite rare.

“I have also learned to let go. Not to be too forceful. For A/W16, I wanted to have pieces that were sensual. For me, it was maybe the first time that I thought maybe it (the collection) is sexy.”

Ossendrijver showed his latest collection in Paris in June (16), adding splashes of colour to a muted palette. And as the designer's milestone anniversary approached, he admits he didn’t turn to the past for fresh inspiration.

“I’m not one who likes to look back. I prefer to look forward and look into the future. I did go to the archives, and I did look back and I saw some pieces we did years ago... It really didn’t inspire me to take those pieces and work with them again. It didn’t make sense to me. It didn’t feel relevant. The only thing I did take is the sneakers because they’ve become so iconic,” he shared.

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