ZOOLANDER: Life’s a zoo for Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz — or for the holiday period at least. Thursday night, the designer and window dresser extraordinaire, sporting a silk scarf sling for a minor arm injury, was spotted putting the finishing tweaks on the Christmas window displays at Lanvin’s Paris flagship on the Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Framed by strings of colored bulbs, an orange-wigged-and-eyelashed plastic kangaroo occupies one window, draped in Lanvin necklaces and bags ahoy, while a mannequin next door sprawls across the back of a stuffed tiger, its glassy stare greeting window-shoppers. “My team has been working on this all day, and then my role is to come in and un-perfect what is perfect,” said Elbaz, striking a pose with a parrot before moving to another window. “Stuffed animals, toy animals, Christmas trees — anything goes. I love to see the kids — not just the fashionistas — admiring the windows,” he continued, patting the rear end of a giant toy elephant, the chef d’oeuvre that fills the main window with her calf, both festooned with feather boas, pearl strands and Lanvin sparklers.
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