It is hard to believe that Alber Elbaz, one of the most loved, talented and loyal designers has most been dismissed, but that is what has happened at the House of Lanvin.
In a statement, Alber Elbaz said: “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.”
“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.”Elbaz has been at Lanvin for last the 14 years, transforming it into one of Paris’s top fashion houses. Prior to Lanvin, he worked under Geoffrey Beene in New York and was the head of Guy Laroche before succeeding the legendary Yves Saint Laurent. His tenure at YSL was cut short when the Gucci Group bought the label and Tom Ford eventually stepped into the role as Creative Director.
The Lanvin split comes one week after Raf Simons’s abrupt departure from Dior. This has already set off speculation that Elbaz could be headed to the LVMH label.
According to WWD, the 330 employees of the house of Lanvin have said to be very upset at Elbaz’s departure. They are demanding a face-to-face meeting in Paris with owner Shaw-Lan Wang who resides in Taiwan. The company’s works council, on behalf of the workforce, want Wang to “listen to their concerns, answer questions and reassure employees”, and ultimately, “Bring Elbaz back.”
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