It’s official. After weeks of rumors, Lucas Ossendrijver, the long-time menswear designer of Lanvin, has left France’s oldest couture house, bringing down the curtain on a 14-year-run at the famous marque.
Lanvin has held initial talks with Haider Ackermann in recent weeks as its new Chinese owners search for a creative director. However, it remains unclear whether Fosun International will hire him, sources have said.
China’s Fosun International won the bidding war for Lanvin against the Qataris this month for reasons that have little to do with money, creative vision or strategy for France’s oldest fashion maison, four sources said.
Lanvin staff will grill management and Fosun at a meeting on Thursday, seeking guarantees about jobs following the Chinese group's deal to buy a controlling stake in the brand, sources have told FashionNetwork.com.
China’s Fosun International and Qatar’s Mayhoola, which owns Valentino and Balmain, are competing to inject capital into Lanvin and buy control as France’s oldest fashion house looks set to run out of cash as early as...