An hommage to Alber Elbaz.
“It was not the story of design or clothes, it was the fantasy of women that made me want to work in fashion.”
Head of the Lanvin creative team for 14 years, the Moroccan-born Israeli fashion designer passed away at age 59. Globally recognised as one of the kindest individuals working in the fashion industry, Elbaz hold size inclusivity close to his heart, an issue he responded to by creating his own label in January of this year, after a 5 year hiatus. The designer repeatedly exposed his vision to the world : fashion as a reflection of oneself, and not as a second skin. “Elegant is not what you wear, and it’s not about how you wear it, but it’s more about who you are.” So, he devoted his life to making garments in which women could feel like themselves, but most importantly, protected. All over the internet, celebrities such as Anna Wintour or Kim Kardashian paid tribute to his passing, recalling the genuine and lovely individual Elbaz was. A loss that has saddened us to the core, though this star soaring through the drapppy dresses he once made will be remembered for good.
To commemorate the incredible work the couturier created during his years at Lanvin (from 2001 to 2015), we bring you a selection of magnificent pieces from this extraordinary designer.
Elbaz’s little black dresses are extremely significant of the craze going on around this new beginning for Lanvin, a brand that had been bought from L’oréal by Shaw-Lan Wang shortly prior the designer was hired. The multiple and extreme designs springing from the simple idea of a short and simple black dress are the legacy of his incredible ability to create.
Following his debut at Lanvin, Alber Elbaz showed a proclivity for delicate evening wear dresses that would make him the legend we know of today, draping his dreams in soft and flowy fabrics.
Lanvin’s Spring 2008 collection was replete with Elbaz’s desire to experiment with colours and volume, a style that would later become a staple of his work at the french House.
Spring 2007 at Lanvin was supported by the emergence of an artistic renewal, teleporting the brand to a surrealist and futuristic ideal of fashion in which to evolve. While materials seemed heavier than usual, Elbaz’s joyous and light state of mind was still very much discernible through his pieces. An interesting take on his creative process.
The surroundings in which women evolve have always held great importance in Alber Elbaz’s work. So, elements revolving around the body at all time would be taken into consideration while designing. The wind, body movement and the atmosphere in which a dress would flow would thus have so much power over the Israeli designer’s wardrobe and -as a treat to one’s eyes- gracefully fly on the catwalks they were presented on.
This red coat made an appearance in Elbaz’s first collection at the renowned french label and established its promising start. A piece that would come back in the designer’s work years later… The 2005 version of this splendid piece is not only an incredible seasonal garment, but a proof of the couturier’s evolution at Lanvin.
Alber Elbaz, 1961-2021