Friday, July 26, 2013

Interview with Lanvin's Dominika Matuzik

I feel the beauty is in the simplicity, and is so apparently pure when it’s not overcrowded with finials and other clutter.”

After having studied architecture at the University of Nuremberg in Germany, Lanvin fashion advisor Dominika Matuzik developed an appreciation for clean, sophisticated lines, eventually leading her toward a career in fashion. She explained that like so many other professionals in the industry, she made her entrance “based on necessity and a natural love for all things beautiful.” Drawn in by her bubbly, compassionate personality and aptitude for design, the MDPR team visited the Parisian-inspired Oak Street store and chatted with Dominika about her views on fashion and the upcoming fall collection. 

Photo by Marcin Cymmer
Dressed head to toe in Lanvin, wearing a sleek black pencil skirt, fluid leopard print blouse and classic crystal heart necklace, Dominika captured the essence of her personal style with this sophisticated, yet somewhat playful ensemble. Finding inspiration from Lanvin fashion designer Alber Elbaz who said, “Simplicity is not a bad word; It doesn't mean boring,” she has defined a style reflecting minimalist lines with a nod toward European couture downplayed by a hint of realism. 
Dominika is a natural when it comes to crafting the perfect outfit, saying it’s important to be creative and have fun mixing different patterns, textures and colors for an unexpected, yet complementary look. She referred to a visit from Alber Elbaz who spoke about his experiences taking a delicate fabric, such as silk, and throwing it in the dryer to experiment with the texture. She learned not to take fashion too seriously, a sentiment she hopes her followers will grow to understand.
Photo by Marcin Cymmer

With the fall season rapidly approaching, we spent a lot of time discussing the new styles and her favorite pieces from the collection. She said Lanvin followers should expect insect inspired jewelry as well as a lot of plaid, animal print and asymmetry.
Here are the pieces she chose to feature from the Lanvin Fall/Winter collection:

1. Navy blue satin sandal with a small platform and satin ankle strap
I love the color, and they are so comfortable for a 5 inch heel.”

Photo by Marcin Cymmer

2. Ruby crystal necklace with grosgrain ribbon 
The beautiful necklace was inspired by the ancient city of Babylon. I love the necklace because it looks like an heirloom but with a modern, fun twist.”

Photo by Marcin Cymmer
3. Long-sleeve navy dress
The timeless long-sleeve navy dress is so hard to find these days and is perfect for every occasion from a business meeting to a cocktail party. It’s an absolute must-have.”

Photo by Marcin Cymmer
4. Zebra jacquard dress
It's unique because it's woven rather than printed. I love the animal print for the season. For me, the construction of the dress makes it very unique from the ruffle skirt, zipper detail to the grosgrain waistband. I picked the Volubilis necklace because it was inspired by the ancient city of Volubilis in Morocco. Alber Elbaz is Moroccan and I wanted to pay tribute to him.

Photo by Marcin Cymmer

5. Wool peplum jacket
The wool peplum jacket is a beautiful, classic piece. It’s couture at its best. I love the deconstructed seems and the feminine fit of the jacket.” 

Photo by Marcin Cymmer

6. Leather tote 
"The leather tote is from our Trilogy collection in a burgundy fall color. It’s a great size for everyday and for a weekend.

Photo by Marcin Cymmer

To purchase any of the items above, visit the Lanvin store at 116 E Oak Street in Chicago, or to request prices, call (312) 765-7075. 

Stay chic!

By Rebecca Taylor, MDPR Team Member

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