The story of Lanvin, France's oldest couture house still in operation, began in 1889, at a small hat shop in the heart of Paris. Jeanne Lanvin had just turned 22 when she opened her first hat shop on the mezzanine of 16 rue Boissy d’Anglas. Four years later, Jeanne established her eponymous fashion house on the prestigious rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
In January 2019, the young French designer Bruno Sialelli – who previously worked with Jonathan Anderson at Loewe – was named Lanvin's new Creative Director.
Sialelli commissioned Luke to design the invitation for his debut menswear show, which took place in June 2019. Taking inspiration from the show's location – the light-filled, Lucien Pollet-designed Pailleron swimming pool in the 19th arrondissement of Paris – Luke depicted four male swimmers in Lanvin-blue swimming trunks.
Luke’s collaboration with Lanvin continued when he was invited to create a mural for the house’s first global retail space since Sialelli became Creative Director. The store opened its doors on 7th September at 150 Mercer Street in New York City’s Soho.
The 72-foot mural was inspired by classical myths and legends and depicts fragments of ancient busts, statues and architecture amidst wild natural landscapes.
Photography by Jack Bool