Alber Elbaz leaves Lanvin; let’s look back on 14 amazing years

October 29, 2015 by  
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Alber Elbaz is leaving Lanvin after working as the brands head of design for fourteen years. A period in which the Isrealic creative revived the before called ‘sleeping beauty’. Fourteen years in which talented Elbaz managed to bring back the fashion house, that turned 125 last year, as one of the most influential brands known for it’s party proof and ultra elegant designs.

PHOTO © PETER STIGTER FILENAME IS DESIGNER NAME SPRING/SUMMER 2011

PHOTO © PETER STIGTER
FILENAME IS DESIGNER NAME
SPRING/SUMMER 2011

Presumably a discussion between Elbaz director Michèle Huiban and Chinese owner of the brand Shaw-Lan Wang made the 54 year old designer, who owns 10% of Lanvin, decide leave. Yet it is no secret that Elbaz has been struggling with the pace of today’s fashion (the pressure to design at least 6 collections a year) for quite a few seasons. He validly spoke out against the influence and noise of social media and the internet, changing fashion for the worse.

PHOTO © TEAM PETER STIGTER FILENAME IS DESIGNER NAME SPRING/SUMMER 2004

PHOTO © TEAM PETER STIGTER
FILENAME IS DESIGNER NAME
SPRING/SUMMER 2004

“In this digital age, we live through our screens, documenting the moment. We no longer look: we film. We no longer listen: we tape. And we no longer talk: we post”, he said.

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PHOTO © PETER STIGTER
FASHION WEEK PARIS WOMEN READY TO WEAR SPRING SUMMER 2009
FILENAME IS DESIGNER NAME

The news of Elbaz’ exit at Lanvin arrives in the same week as the announcement of Raf Simons leaving Dior. Therefore Elbaz is named as a potential successor for Dior, even though nothing is confirmed yet.

PHOTO © PETER STIGTER FILENAME IS DESIGNER NAME BBB SPRING/SUMMER 2011

PHOTO © PETER STIGTER
FILENAME IS DESIGNER NAME
BBB SPRING/SUMMER 2011

So before we further eleborate on what Elbaz next move will be. Let’s look back on those fourteen years of Lanvin fashion under his wing. A period in which Lanvin enlivened, filled with highlights (it’s popularity growth with A-listers like Oprah and top models, Lanvin for H&M, the larger than life show props – the door, the chair, the stairs -, it’s refreshing use of diverse models in several campaigns ánd on the runway, the exposition Alber Elbaz/Lanvin: Manifeste of last year).

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PHOTO © PETER STIGTER
WOMENSWEAR AUTUMN/WINTER 2009
FILENAME IS DESIGNER NAME

Shows like pure poetry that had everyone sitting on the edges of their seats.

PHOTO © PETER STIGTER FILENAME IS DESIGNER NAME FALL/WINTER 2010

PHOTO © PETER STIGTER
FILENAME IS DESIGNER NAME
FALL/WINTER 2010

Collections based on the idea that elegant clothing can in fact be comfortable, following the power, passion and insecurity of the modern woman, using and further developing Lanvin’s signature in the spirit of Jean Lanvin.

PHOTO © PETER STIGTER FILENAME IS DESIGNER NAME FALL/WINTER 2011

PHOTO © PETER STIGTER
FILENAME IS DESIGNER NAME
FALL/WINTER 2011

Thank you Alber Elbaz for fourteen amazing years of Lanvin fashion.