He’s no trend victim, he’s a trend twister. He’s no ordinary designer, he takes emotion into account. Meet Alber Elbaz, the creative director of Lanvin.
Text: Alice Joanna Ouli
About a week ago, after long hours of research and worrying, with the help of my oh-so-fashionable mother, I finally purchased my highschool graduation dress (or should I say gown). I did my research and I looked at plenty of spring/ summer designs of various fashion houses. However, when I “met” my Lanvin dress for the very first time, I must admit it was love at first sight. After being informed by the salesman that the piece was a “Lanvin, Les 10 Ans” (of creative director Alber Elbaz) I had my mind set on it, this was definitely going to be my graduation dress. Huffing and puffing, pleading and begging, I finally convinced my parents that this was “the one”. When I brought it home though, it struck me that I need to know more about this genius himself, monsieur Alber Elbaz, if not as a client but an inspired soon-to-be fashion designer.
After coming across the typical date of birth/hometown/nationalty details (1961/Casablanca/considers himself Israeli) I moved on to discover the juicier details about Elbaz’s life and career. As I found out, he comes from an artistic background of a painter mother and a hair colorist father, explaining in a way his own artistic mind. After taking up a fashion design course, Elbaz went on to work with Geoffrey Beene, Guy Laroche couture house, Yves Saint Laurent and Krizia, ending up in 2001 as creative director of the world’s oldest running couture fashion house, Lanvin. He has won the CFDA’s 2005 International Designer award and the prestigious Legion of Honour in Paris (2007) and has a long list of collaborations under his and Lanvin’s name. Some of the collaborations include Lancome, H&M, Disney and Acne Jeans. To sum up, Alber Elbaz loves women and truly respects them and their nature. In his own words, “I don’t like new dresses, and I don’t like vintage either. For me, almost everything we do has to be like a dress that your mother wore and that you are going to wear. This is how we bring the emotion into it”, and for that I want to personally say, merci monsieur Elbaz!
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