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Lancome taps Lanvin's Elbaz for collaboration

Monday - 1/14/2013, 4:42pm  ET

FILE - This Jan. 23, 2011 file photo shows Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz at the end of the French fashion house Lanvin men's fall-winter 2011/2012 collection presented in Paris. Makeup powerhouse Lancome announced Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 that Elbaz will have a line of cosmetics, Lancome x Alber Elbaz, launching in June. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file)

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL
AP Fashion Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alber Elbaz (ahl-BEHR' ehl-BAHZ') is making an extended French family, bringing his high-fashion reputation at Lanvin into a partnership with makeup powerhouse Lancome.

The company announced Monday that Lancome x Alber Elbaz will launch in the middle of June. It is Elbaz's first foray into cosmetics.

Lancome President Youcef Nabi (YOU'-sef na-BI') said his mix of "simultaneously quirky and couture style" matches the values and message of the beauty brand. He praised Elbaz's "sense of luxury, his vision of femininity and that hint of audacity."

The designer's signature is romantic and elegant clothes.

Elbaz joined Lanvin in 2001, revitalizing the Parisian-based house that Jeanne Lanvin started as a milliner boutique in 1889.


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