Monday, April 26, 2021

Alber Elbaz Has Passed Away

 Beloved designer Alber Elbaz, best known for his revival of Lanvin and, more recently, his new line AZ Factory, has died at 59 following a weeks-long battle with Covid.


Richemont, Elbaz's joint venture partner in AZ Factory, confirmed the news in a statement. “It was with shock and enormous sadness that I heard of Alber’s sudden passing,” said Richemont Chairman Johann Rupert. “I was always taken by his intelligence, sensitivity, generosity and unbridled creativity. He was a man of exceptional warmth and talent, and his singular vision, sense of beauty, and empathy leave an indelible impression.”

The Moroccan-Israeli designer served as creative director of French fashion house Lanvin from 2001 to 2015, imbuing the historic label (it was founded in 1899 by Jeanne Lanvin, making it the third-oldest fashion house in operation) with a sleek and joyous sensuality. His runway shows, generally held at night, often had the feeling of an elegant party with great music rather than a runway show. Before landing at Lanvin, Elbaz worked for Geoffrey Beene, Guy Laroche and YSL.

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