In shock. So we woke up this morning after read that Alber Elbaz leaves Lanvin, after 14 years of successful work. In just one week, the fashion system seems to have had a catharsis, produced by the departure of Raf Simons and Alber Elbaz. A news that has not yet been made official, but Alber´s design team already knows, and will end the pre-fall collection without him. The causes of this unexpected announcement are unknown, but the name of the Moroccan designer now sounds harder than ever to succeed Simons at Christian Dior.
Guy Laroche and Yves Saint Laurent guarantee part of the talent of this genius who, as head of Lanvin, he respected the legacy of Jeanne Lanvin, while he was introducing a reinvented aesthetic of the golden age of Hollywood. A balance between tradition and innovation, leading to increased sales and popularity of the centuries-old firm. The same designer pointed out the following words in a relaxed conversation with the journalist Suzy Menkes: “We live in an industry that’s always about what’s to come: Who´s next?”. Wanted new king for Dior and Lanvin.