Reporter | Chen Qirui
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According to various European media reports, Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz died in Paris on April 25 at the age of 59.
According to the “Women’s Wear Daily”, Richemont, which invested in Alber Elbaz’s personal brand, has confirmed that Alber Elbaz died of the new crown virus. Fashion critic Suzy Menkes revealed in a published eulogy that Alber Elbaz has been battling the coronavirus for three weeks.
Alber Elbaz was creative director of haute couture house Lanvin for 14 years, one of the most important roles in its history. Lanvin China told Interface Fashion that the brand did not know Alber Elbaz’s physical condition before, and the news of his death was just learned. Lanvin’s Paris headquarters later sent a response from Cheng Yun, chairman of Lanvin and chairman of Fosun Fashion Management Company, to Interface Fashion: “We deeply regret the passing of Alber Elbaz. He is a master of fashion and has left a mark on Lanvin’s history. He will remain in our hearts and memories forever. ”
“Alber Elbaz is one of the smartest and most beloved figures in the fashion industry,” said Johann Rupert, CEO of Richemont, who helped Alber Elbaz launch and operate his personal brand, AZ Factory, in his first eulogy: “He was a passionate, talented designer who left an indelible impression on his aesthetics and empathy. ”
AZ Factory posted two blog posts in a row on its official Instagram to pay tribute, saying that it will always maintain its love, trust and respect for Alber Elbaz.
Alber Elbaz was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1961 and grew up and educated in Israel. His fashion career began in the mid-eighties, and after working for a wedding dress company in New York for seven years, he worked as a design assistant for designer brand Geoffrey Beene.
1996 was a turning point in Alber Elbaz’s career, when he was hired by Ralph Toledano, now president of the fashion division of Puig Group, as chief creative director of Guy Laroche, and then briefly became designer of Yves Saint Laurent’s ready-to-wear collection.
When Tom Ford took over Yves Saint Laurent, Alber Elbaz officially joined Lanvin in 2001 and over the next 14 years successfully revitalized the then century-old private fashion house, turning it into one of the most recognizable and influential luxury brands in the fashion industry, reaching a peak revenue of 235 million euros in 2012.
Lanvin, helmed by Alber Elbaz, is known for its feminine silhouettes, cuts and bold colours. In 2011, Lanvin and H&M jointly expanded Lanvin’s popularity, and Ruffled cocktail circles, pleated shoulder dresses and other costumes created by Alber Elbaz appeared on the red carpet of fashion weeks and various film festivals.
In 2015, Alber Elbaz chose to leave due to a conflict with Lanvin’s owner Wang Xiaolan over the business philosophy, and over the next few years he worked on a private basis with various brands, including a shoe line with Tod’s and Converse, and a limited makeup line with Lancome.
In January 2021, Alber Elbaz and Richemont’s long-awaited AZ Factory officially launched their first collection at Paris Fashion Week. The collection will be available on both Farfetch and Net-a-porter, two online luxury e-commerce platforms.
The series was accompanied by a talk show called “The Talk Show with Alber Elbaz & Friends” and an immersive virtual experience program called “The AZ Factory World Tour.”
Since the beginning of 2020, the new crown virus has ravaged the world, and we have lost many talents in the fields of design, space, nuclear physics, and music, all of whom are the embodiment of our human society’s development to the present, condensing wisdom in aesthetics, science, and art.
In many countries around the world, the curve of the new crown epidemic has been high and low, cycling between lockdown and unlockdown. And on April 24, more than 900,000 cases of the new crown epidemic were confirmed worldwide, a third of which occurred in India. Using fashion as a carrier to constantly explore how aesthetics should reflect the present is something that has never stopped in ancient and modern China and abroad. Whether you or I have ever heard of Lanvin, it is a great regret that such a talented designer has passed away.
Goodbye, little fat man.