Lanvin, acknowledged as the longest-running couture fashion house, recently launched its first-ever girls wear collection, called ‘Lanvin Petite’ and to mark the occasion has commissioned a set of four very chic soft dolls. Designed by Elber Albaz, Lanvin’s celebrated Creative Director, the beautifully hand-embroidered and hand-stitched limited edition dolls were produced by a community of women in Swaziland and will be on sale from November. Lanvin, a fashion house with a rich heritage teamed up with charity Dessine L’Espoir (also known as Designing Hope) to create the pretty little dolls which are dressed in miniature versions of the new ‘Lanvin Petite’ collection, and said to pay homage to Lanvin’s founder Jeanne Lanvin, who loved designing children’s clothes. Under the helm of the Israeli designer Elber Albaz, renowned for his imagination, luxury and fantasy; Lanvin is one of the world’s sought after fashion collections; who can forget last years ‘stampede’ when Lanvin teamed up with H&M for a collection that promptly sold out! Born in Moroccan Elber Albaz continues Lanvin’s legacy of timeless, feminine clothes made from the finest of fabrics and this aesthetic is translated into the beautiful dresses of the dolls. Lanvin and Dessine L’Espoir have worked together in the past and this latest collaboration is a continuation of the partnership.
[Image credits: Lanvin Dolls – Dessine L’Espoir]
Dessine L’Espoir is an NGO working throughout the African continent, which uses creativity to address the stigma attached to HIV and AIDS. Dessine L’Espoir assists individuals and communities living with HIV/AIDS and the resulting impact by providing support in the form of home-based care, medical, food and shelter and psychological support; as well as running training programmes such as sewing workshops, offering financial assistance and establishing income-generating projects. Dessine L’Espoir’s pioneering initiative, called ‘Fashion Designs Hope’ sees collaborations between fashion designers, artists, musicians and other creatives to create objects that are then made by the local communities it supports in Africa; initiatives have been run in Swaziland, South Africa and Burkina Faso to name a few. The group holds many exhibitions and fundraising activities with proceeds going towards the projects it has established and a percentage of each Lanvin doll sold will go to Dessine L’Espoir.
…all dolled up and resplendent in their finery right down to their ‘painted’ fingernails the figurines are sure to become collectables.
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