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Oct 29, 2015

Everything you need to know about Alber Elbaz exiting Lanvin

By: Lisa Guimond

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Oct 29, 2015

Everything you need to know about Alber Elbaz exiting Lanvin

By: Lisa Guimond

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Everything you need to know about Alber Elbaz exiting Lanvin

Why Alber Elbaz may succeed Raf Simons at Dior

The news of Alber Elbaz exiting Lanvin comes just days after word that Raf Simons had left Dior, leaving the fashion world stunned but perhaps not entirely surprised. The designer spoke candidly of his disappointment with the current mood in fashion while accepting the Superstar award at Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars last week: “We designers started as couturiers with dreams, with intuitions and with feelings. We started with, ‘What do women want? What do women need? What can I do for women to make their lives better and easier? How can I make a woman more beautiful?’ That is what we used to do […] Then we became creative directors, so we have to create, but mostly direct. And now we have to become image-makers, making sure it looks good in the pictures. The screen has to scream baby — that’s the rule. And loudness is the new thing. Loudness is the new cool, and not only in fashion. I prefer whispering. I think it goes deeper and lasts longer.” READ MORE: 10 pantsuits that make a powerful statement

By: Lisa Guimond Source: Imaxtree.com/wwd.com for quote Credits: ELLE Canada

Everything you need to know about Alber Elbaz exiting Lanvin

Why Alber Elbaz may succeed Raf Simons at Dior

If Dior is looking to reinvent itself, Elbaz knows a thing or two about crafting an iconic sartorial identify for a fashion house with a rich narrative to build from. In the statement released after the news of his departure was announced, Elbaz praised his team for their support in Lanvin’s successful revival: “Together, we have met the creative challenge presented by Lanvin and have restored its radiance and returned it to its rightful position among France’s absolute luxury fashion houses.” (Image: Lanvin, Fall 2014) READ MORE: The best dressed celebrities of the week

By: Lisa Guimond Source: Imaxtree.com/wwd.com for quote Credits: ELLE Canada

Everything you need to know about Alber Elbaz exiting Lanvin

Why Alber Elbaz may succeed Raf Simons at Dior

Elbaz knows what women want. In his Fall 2013 collection, he showcased a nude colour palette that has basically become today’s new black. Prescient? Maybe. Genius? Absolutely. READ MORE: Celebrities wearing Canadian designers

By: Lisa Guimond Source: Imaxtree.com Credits: ELLE Canada

Everything you need to know about Alber Elbaz exiting Lanvin

Why Alber Elbaz may succeed Raf Simons at Dior

Elbaz brings a palpable sense of authenticity and mystery with him. He is generous with journalists, sharing everything from insight into the self-doubt and neurosis that both plagues and drives him forward as a creative mind to details about his refusal to join Instagram (“I don’t really have photogenic friends; I only have good friends. I also do not take photos of the food. I eat food.”). He is human and accessible even if the magic that follows his touch is elusive. “Elbaz seems to have the power to make women appear more interesting,” wrote Ariel Levy in a 2009 article for The New Yorker. It is impossible to distill just how he transforms women, which makes the transformation itself all the more meaningful. READ MORE: Spring 2016 runway pieces you can buy right now

By: Lisa Guimond Source: Getty Images/wwd.com for quote Credits: ELLE Canada

Everything you need to know about Alber Elbaz exiting Lanvin

Why Alber Elbaz may succeed Raf Simons at Dior

He is a romantic. His quest for beauty trumps all. Elbaz is a master of the silhouette, of texture, touch and feel. Feelings, in fact, are the very core of Lanvin’s identify and Elbaz managed, without the use of fanfare and flourish, but with a huge beating heart, to translate the house’s founding love story into a modern and enduring romance. (Image: Lanvin, Spring 2015) READ MORE: Are jumpsuits really what men want?

By: Lisa Guimond Source: Imaxtree.com Credits: ELLE Canada
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Everything you need to know about Alber Elbaz exiting Lanvin