Lanvin Has Embraced the Lapel Pin for Quite Some Time, But What’s Next?
So I’m about to drop a bomb on a new collaboration I’ve been working on, but until it’s all finalized I’ll just drop a LOT of hints and get you all antsy to find out what’s coming down the pipeline. So… Lapel Pins… Exciting right?
Alber Elbaz, Creative Director at Lanvin, has worked tirelessly to seamlessly re-introduce lapel pins into the stylish man’s wardrobe. His attempts were massively successful and today you will find any number of elegant floral designs in a plethora of fabrics, from leather to silk and linen and beyond. Would we expect anything less? But does this simple accessory, with the weighty price tag (for what it is) really add that much to a man’s outfit? The answer is a resounding “YES!”
With an addition to the lapel of a sport coat, you inadvertently draw attention to the importance of the collar (which was designed to frame the face). In addition, the subtle way it throws everything off balance actually adds to your overall appeal. Symmetry is one of the key factors in attractiveness. So when you throw off the symmetry of your outfit by adding a style element on one side, it actually makes your face look more symmetrical.
In the photo below, I have an image of a male model (one of my favorites, David Gandy) who is close to but not symmetrical in the face. His nose is a bit slanted ever so slightly, aren’t we all a bit off though… In the photo of him without the lapel pin, you can notice his nasal slant a little more dramatically. While the image of him to the right, you can notice this imperfection slightly less, leaving him looking more attractive.
You don’t even know it’s happening, but this subtle change can impact the outcome of a first impression, if you end up getting a kiss at the end of the night or simply how you feel about yourself making you more approachable and confident.
Styling note: a lapel pin should not be taken too seriously. The function is purely for aesthetic purposes only, so have fun with it. Also adding a pocket square that is complimentary (while not being overpowering) is the way to go. Remember, the focal point should always be your face, so don’t bedazzle your jacket too much or you’ll get lost in the shuffle.
Here are three subtle lapel pins by Lanvin that are for sale right now.