The Market: Lanvin Debuts Children’s Collection

14 Jun

As the mother of a soon-to-be 11 year-old daughter, I’m somewhat confilicted about the idea of luxury designer collections for children. There’s something deeply uncool about trying to art direct your children’s lives- putting up “cool” posters in their room of bands they don’t know (or like), carefully placing mid-century modern furniture in the corners of their room, etc. Designer clothing for kids seems to fall into the same category, and is more for the parent than the child.  Following the presentation of his Resort 2012 collection for Lanvin, Alber Elbaz debuted a small line of poufy confections for little girls. For sure, the pieces are adorable and fit for a little princess, but how does a child actually live in clothing like this? No doubt, these pieces cost a pretty penny (pricing information on this collection is forthcoming), so my first inclination would be to transport my daughter in some sort of inpenetrable PopeMobile-type vehicle, where nothing resembling dirt could come in or out and she would not be allowed anywhere near food while wearing one of these dresses. Besides, if anyone in my family has Lanvin hanging in their closet, it better be me.


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