Lucas Ossendrijver is the Dutch-born designer behind Lanvin’s menswear. Before working alongside Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, Ossendrijver landed a job at Paris-based clothier Kenzo in 1997. In 2001, he signed on to assist Hedi Slimane during the designer's mythical skinny-suited tenure at Dior Homme. Parisian luxury powerhouse Lanvin tapped him to revitalize the house's menswear collection in 2005. Here are his thoughts on the Lanvin man, his style icon, and more ...
1. On his inspiration: I don't really have a famous actor who I find really fabulous. It's really people that I know, people that I work with, people that I see in the street.
2. On modern day style: It's very important to get less uniform, to dress more individually, and to mix different textures. They need to have pieces that last—pieces that are more personal.
3. I like when I see somebody wearing Lanvin who has made it their own--when they've mixed it up with something they've had for 10 years, like an old, shabby raincoat. For me, the worst thing you can do is buy a total look.
4. On his favorite place - The Seychelles. You go to this one island and have your own little house. You can go diving or swimming. You're completely isolated. I really love that, to be completely cut off.
5. Bryan Ferry. For me, he's a No. 1 style icon. He looks so classy and so effortless.