Parisian Stroll #15 – At Ateliers Lanvin with Alber Elbaz

“Life, ladies and stories are my inspiration. When I’m preparing a collection, I work in front of a mirror. I see a woman wearing dress and all of a sudden the woman disappears, leaving the dress. That woman was my inspiration!” Alber Elbaz

Text: Christina Zikou


Alber Elbaz was born in Casablanca in 1961 and studied fashion at Shenkar College in Tel Aviv. He began his career in New York, where he worked with fashion designer Geoffrey Beene before moving to Paris and crossed paths with Guy Laroche and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2001, he started exploring the world of Lanvin as a devoted designer, dreaming up stories with unpredictable twists and perfect endings…  But how does Alber’s day start?

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For him, fashion is a vocation, a mission, a total commitment. He oversees everything, from collections and accessories to boutiques, window displays and perfumes… Involved from A to Z, Alber admits being a control freak to ensure that his creative work is set off to perfection. “This job cannot be done remotely, by email or telephone… I need to touch, see, feel, and speak. I need to get into the kitchen myself, but I can’t just follow established recipes. In some ways, fashion designers, indeed all designers, are like mothers. They must raise, love, protect and help their offspring…”


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To get you into the summer mood, Alber Elbaz has designed a very special collection of sunglasses called “Les Visages”. Based upon two of the label’s iconic shapes, with square frames or featuring a more retro round style, the shades are available in black, cinnamon brown, purple, tortoiseshell and are colorfully illustrated with his signature sketches, for your eyes only!