Lars Nilsson

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Lars Nilsson
Born 1966
Stockholm, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Education Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne
Occupation Fashion designer
Awards Vanity Fair Best Dressed 2001, Guldknappen 2006, Graphis Gold Award (Best Advertisement Campaign) 2011
Labels Christian Lacroix, Nina Ricci, Bill Blass, Mr. Nils

Lars Nilsson (born 1966 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a fashion designer[1] and fully integrated member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America[2] who has worked with several major fashion houses, including Christian Dior, Bill Blass,[3] Nina Ricci[4] and an own menswear line Mr. Nils.

Biography[edit]

Lars Nilsson graduated from both Virginska Skolan in Sweden and Paris’ Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture.

Following fashion school he did an apprenticeship at the tailoring atelier of Chanel haute couture before joining the fashion house Christian Lacroix. From 1997 to 1999 he worked at Dior Couture as Collection Coordinator. After that he moved to New York to become the Design Director for the Polo Ralph Lauren women’s wear collection. From 2000 to 2003 he was Creative Director of Bill Blass Collection, designing both women’s and menswear.[5]

In 2003 he returned to Paris to become Creative Director and also creative collaborator for perfume and cosmetics of Nina Ricci until 2006[6] and was appointed as Creative Director of Gianfranco Ferré in September 2007.[7]

Over the past two years he has also been heavily involved in bringing his long-held ambition of a furniture and textiles collection to fruition.[8]

In September 2009 he started his menswear label Mr. Nils.[9]

Christian Lacroix[edit]

After graduating he spent nine years at Christian Lacroix as both personal assistant to Mr. Lacroix and senior haute couture designer.[10][11] He worked directly with Lacroix on a number of books and the production of theatrical pieces.[12]

Christian Dior[edit]

From 1997 to 1999 he worked with John Galliano at Dior Couture as Coordinator of both the haute couture studio and the fur collections.[13]

Bill Blass[edit]

At 34 years old he was the direct successor of the founder Mr. Blass at this American fashion house.[14] Ana Wintour confessed to be amongst his fans, wearing one of his dresses to the Vogue Fashion Awards in October 2001.[15] During his tenure New York Magazine named him Designer Of The Year 2001. As well in 2001 he was elected to the International Best-Dressed List by Eleanor Lambert and Vanity Fair.[16]

Nina Ricci[edit]

He revitalized the house to tap into a clientele of "uptown girls"[17] and „the new generation of socialites“[18] who included Renée Zellweger,[19] Kate Beckinsale.[20] In 2004 he designed the brand's first ever resort collection[21] and was able to raise attention for the brand through hosting a bevy of international runway shows,[22] trunkshows[23] and soirées.[24][25][26] He also worked on innovative collaborations as for example with the famous corsetier Mr. Pearl.[27] In 2006 he was presented with the highest Swedish Fashion Award, the Guldknappen (Swedish for: Golden Button).[28]

Gianfranco Ferré[edit]

Following the founder Gianfranco Ferré's sudden death on September 25, 2007, Lars Nilsson was named Creative Director of Gianfranco Ferré in September 2007, being in charge of women and men’s clothing and accessories for main and associated lines and licenses.[29] Lars Nilsson left the fashion house after less than 6 months[30] being replaced by Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi who have since been fired, too.[31]

Mr. Nils[edit]

Showing the first collection as a special Guest of Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy[32] Mr. Nils has found a following in celebrities like Ewan McGregor[33] His branding efforts were compensated with the Graphis Gold Award for Best Advertisement Campaign in 2011.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Björling, Sanna (August 18, 2006). "Guldknappen till Lars Nilsson". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved April 16, 2009. 
  2. ^ CFDA. "CFDA Member Profile". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lars Nilsson's Blass Act". The Washington Post. February 22, 2002. Retrieved June 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ "From Lars Nilsson, a deep blue sea". International Herald Tribune. October 10, 2005. Retrieved June 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ CFDA. "CFDA Member Profile". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ CFDA. "CFDA Member Profile". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ CFDA. "CFDA Member Profile". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ CFDA. "CFDA Member Profile". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ CFDA. "CFDA Member Profile". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ Kellye M. Garrett (April 1, 2001). "Voice of Authority Lars Nilsson". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ Shi, Jim (February 8, 2008). "Lars Nilsson Out at Ferré". Fashion Week Daily. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  12. ^ CFDA. "CFDA Member Profile". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  13. ^ CFDA. "CFDA Member Profile". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Bill Blass". designerindex.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  15. ^ New York Magazine December 24–31, 2001, p. 48
  16. ^ CFDA. "CFDA Member Profile". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  17. ^ Nicole Phelps (March 4, 2006). "Fall 2006 RTW Nina Ricci". style.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  18. ^ Nicole Phelps (October 8, 2005). "Spring 2006 RTW Nina Ricci". style.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  19. ^ People, April 25, 2005, p. 118)
  20. ^ "The Rose Parade". Fashion Week Daily. April 27, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  21. ^ "D.S.I. (Daily Scene Investigation): MoMA/CFDA Fashion Photography Opening". Fashion Week Daily. April 23, 2004. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  22. ^ Dolly Jones (March 31, 2006). "Fashion Bites". Vogue UK. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  23. ^ Jim Shi (March 13, 2006). "PR Maven On The Move". Fashion Week Daily. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  24. ^ Jim Shi (September 20, 2005). "Nina Ricci Turns Up The Heat". Fashion Week Daily. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  25. ^ Patrick McMullan (April 30, 2004). "D.S.I. (Daily Scene Investigation): French Kiss Benefit". Fashion Week Daily. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  26. ^ "The Rose Parade". Fashion Week Daily. April 27, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  27. ^ Hamish Bowles (March 5, 2005). "Fall 2005 RTW Nina Ricci". style.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  28. ^ Björling, Sanna (August 18, 2006). "Guldknappen till Lars Nilsson". DN.se. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Following in Ferré's Footsteps". Fashion Week Daily. September 25, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  30. ^ Shi, Jim (February 8, 2008). "Lars Nilsson Out at Ferré". Fashion Week Daily. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  31. ^ Zargani, Luisa (April 19, 2011). "Tommaso Aquilano, Roberto Rimondi Out at Ferré". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  32. ^ Tim Blanks (January 12, 2010). "Pitti Uomo, Day 1: The Nilsson Rating". style.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  33. ^ Mabro (February 14, 2010). "EWAN McGREGOR VESTE MR.NILS A BERLINO". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Graphis Gold Award - Mr. Nils". Retrieved November 5, 2012.