Alber Elbaz 'leaves Lanvin'
Alber Elbaz has reportedly departed Lanvin.
The designer helped revive the brand, which was founded in 1889, yet again making it one of fashion's most exciting labels. He began his post in 2001, but WWD reports his tenure has come to an end. The website claims an official announcement is expected within days.
WWD writes the reason for the exit is a disagreement between Israeli Elbaz and the company's owner Shaw-Lan Wang and chief executive officer Michèle Huiban. Sources say tensions have been building for months, with Elbaz eager for Wang to sell her majority stake to make way for a new owner that will further develop Lanvin. However Wang is said to be a reluctant seller, demanding a high price for her share.
Members of his design team are thought to have been told this morning (28Oct15), and Elbaz has apparently emptied his Parisian office. The rest of Lanvin will be told this afternoon.
The fashion house is yet to officially comment.
Rumours are already swirling that Elbaz could step into Raf Simons' shoes as head of Christian Dior, after the designer announced his departure last week (beg19Oct15). He was previously thought to be in the running for the job when John Galliano was suspended in 2011, following anti-Semitic comments made by the British designer.
As well as Lanvin, Elbaz had a successful stint at Yves Saint Laurent. Reflecting on his career last year (14), the fashion star admitted he still couldn't believe how things had worked out.
"I'm part of a dream industry," he beamed to Britain's Grazia magazine. "It's not just fashion, it's not just luxury, it's about dreams. Not every dream has to be realised, (but) don't be afraid of extremes. We are living more than ever in an extreme world."