On The Avenue

Lanvin’s Halloween Extravaganza: Desserts, Dolls and Style Divas

by AVENUE insider Photographed by CHANCE YEH/ Patrick McMullan Company
Monday, November 1, 2010

Lanvin, the oldest operating French fashion house, turned their tony Madison Avenue boutique into a madhouse of balloons, drag queens, desserts (mini cotton candy anyone?), sugary cocktails and fashion’s finest.

Artistic Director Alber Elbaz held court  amidst the rush of people that included Linda Fargo (in a mauled Chanel outfit), Anne Hathaway, Janet Jackson (with a drawn on pencil moustache), Allison Sarofim, John Demsey, Jennifer Creel, Stefano Tonchi, Terence Koh, Mary Alice Stephenson, Mickey Boardman, Andrew Bevan, Keegan Singh, Rachel Zoe, Padma Lakshmi, Glenda Bailey, George Wayne, Nicola Vassell, Joe Zee, Bonnie Morrison, Samantha Mathis, Hunter Hill, Amy Fine Collins and Brad Goreski (dressed as teen blogger Tavi), to name a few out of hundreds.

The stairwells became costume gridlock with glitter, champagne glasses, special Lanvin masks and headpieces stopping traffic. “I am just standing here like it’s a receiving line,” said Kate Schelter who safely planted herself on a landing with fiance Chris Schumacher. “You get to see everyone as they go up and then go down.”

A highlight of the evening were the porcelain Lanvin dolls Elbaz put into a special installation for the night. And – miracle – not one doll broke.


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