The Beloved Man of the Fashion World: Alber Elbaz

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Hello fashion friends, this month we are going to talk about a beloved man of the fashion world. Unfortunately, the fashion industry was devastated by the news of the death of much-loved Alber Elbaz because of covid-19. So, who is Alber Elbaz? He was a Moroccan-born Israeli fashion designer. He worked with many brands but he was best known as the creative director of Lanvin, one of the oldest luxury brands in the world. Let’s take a look at his early life and education.

He was born in Casablanca, Morocco. He was the son of a painter mother and hairdresser father. His family immigrated to Israel when he was ten years old. He grew up in an industrial city called Holon. He lost his father when he was a teenager. He enlisted in the Israel Defense Force and subsequently, he studied at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel. He was interested in fashion design at an early age. He started to draw dresses at seven years old. After studied, He left home to go to New York City. When he arrived, he had only $800 in his pocket.

He stayed in New York for 12 years. He was first worked in a small bridal brand in Garment District and then he worked as a senior assistant of Geoffrey Beene. Following this, Elbaz became the head of Prêt-à-Porter (Ready-to-wear) of French House Guy Laroche. After over a year, he moved to the capital city of fashion, Paris. He started to work as a creative director of Yves Saint Laurent in 1999. After the Gucci Group bought the brand, they appointed Tom Ford as the new creative director of the French label in 2000. After working with Yves Saint Laurent, he joined the Lanvin. He collaborated with many firms including Swedish retailer H&M in 2010. During his career, he was accoladed by many awards including Most Influential Designer at the inaugural World Fashion Awards held by WGSN. After 14 years, he confirmed that he was departing from Lanvin because of the disagreement with the company’s major shareholder, Shaw-Lan Wang. Also, he designed all of the costumes of A Tale of Love and Darkness which was directed by Natalie Portman. After five-year hiatus, he announced that the new brand was emerging with the partnership of Richemont. It is called the AZ factory. Here are some details about the brand. It launched in 2021. His first collection includes size XS to XXXL. “ There’s zero ego, we’re coming in as a start-up,” Elbaz said about the brand.

Fall 2008-80s references look.
Spring 2007-Sequin photo-print dress shows that Mr.Elba chose futuristic direction in this collection.

So what should we need to know about perfectionist fashion designer’s design aesthetic? He was a colorful designer that is for sure. He used unusual colors like emerald green and soft gold. Asymmetric necklines, elegant folds, visible zippers, ruffles, puffed sleeves gave some characteristic touch. Mr. Elbaz often played with drapes to make delicate looks. His design aesthetic was definitely feminine. He created designs for women to feel confident. He was very open-minded because he didn’t only passionate about super model-looking women. He was passionate about dressing women of different ages, shapes, and sizes. “I don’t want to make clothes that bring more stress to women. I want my dresses to be like hugs.” Said, Elbaz. He wanted the women to feel happy and also feel like women.

Alber Elbaz will remember for his humble, generous heart and great talent in the fashion world. In the fickle industry, no one can say a bad word about him. I believe that this is a success. “I don’t work well with bitches. The minute I work with difficult people, I lose my creativity” once he said, my favorite quotes of him. Rest in peace beloved man.

“Stay in fashion friends, see you next month”

Fall 2010-Emphasizing on shoulders made the dress fearless.
Spring 2016-Wisely combined menswear inspired with lady-like
Spring 2012-Mr.Elba interprets delicately sexy.
Karlie Kloss wears a Lanvin peplum dress.

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