Fashion-related bombshells are following one after another, putting us off the stride and registering the recent years as a real revolutionary period in the fashion world. Nearly a week ago we learnt we’d be deprived of the Dior’s creative director Raf Simon’s extravagant and fastidious style for the house and no sooner did we come to our senses, than quite unexpectedly, in the morning of October 28, 2015 WWD spread the word about one more shocking loss in the fashion world – Alber Elbaz is leaving Lanvin. Is it possible that the Lanvin RTW spring 2016 collection was our last chance to be pampered by crazy intricate drapes? The charismatic Moroccan Israeli fashion designer, the Chaevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, Paris and finally the creative director of the French fashion house Lanvin – Alber Elbaz left the fashion house yesterday after reigning there for 14 years, rejuvenating the brand and making it one of the authentically luxurious houses of the contemporary world.
According to some rumors, the reason of Alber Elbaz leaving Lanvin was some controversies between the designer and the company principals: the owner Shaw-Lan Wang and chief executive officer Michèle Huiban. It is worth noting that Shaw-Lan Wang was the one who saw Lanvin’s further development under the patronage of the talented designer whom she, by the way, called “the sleeping beauty” and apparently she herself was the one to deprive the brand of his patronage. There isn’t any official statement from Lanvin yet, but yesterday later in the evening the brand posted a brief statement on its Instagram account, announcing that its collaboration with Alber Elbaz was over and that was a decision made on the mutual basis, afterwards thanking the designer for his huge impact on the brand’s development and for the chapter he had written for the fashion house.
From yesterday on we have been trying to guess the real reason for the breach until today in the morning Alber Elbaz made an official statement:
“At this time of my departure from Lanvin on the decision of the company’s majority shareholder, I wish to express my gratitude and warm thoughts to all those who have worked with me passionately on the revival of Lanvin over the last 14 years; express my affection to all my wonderful colleagues in the Lanvin ateliers who accompanied me, and who enriched and supported my work. Together, we have met the creative challenge presented by Lanvin and have restored its radiance and have returned it to its rightful position among France’s absolute luxury fashion houses.”
Then he continued wishing great luck to the brand: “I also wish to express my profound and deepest gratitude to all of the clients and friends, to the French and international press, and to all those business partners who collaborated with Lanvin, providing us with support since 2001. I wish the house of Lanvin the future it deserves among the best French luxury brands, and hope that it finds the business vision it needs to engage in the right way forward.”
Actually, the designer has recently had some dissatisfaction with the brand’s strategy up to urging Shaw-Lan Wang to leave the position to save the company from bankruptcy, since the business magnate was known to demand too high price, which resulted in the falling of the company’s consolidated sales.
The designer’s future path is not yet known but some rumors are circulating that he is the exact candidate for occupying the empty position of Dior’s creative director, given that three years ago Dior conducted some negotiations with Alber Elbaz when racist and anti-Semitic John Galliano was ousted from the company. Who knows, maybe Alber Elbaz will follow in Raf Simons’s footsteps by opening his own brand or maybe he will abruptly change his life trajectory, finally fulfilling his early dream to become a doctor.
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