Alber Elbaz 'linked to Uniqlo collaboration'
Alber Elbaz has been linked to a collaboration with Uniqlo.
The former Lanvin head was dismissed from the French luxury label in October (15) amid reports he’d had disagreements with owner Shaw-Lan Wang.
Since then Elbaz has been quiet on the fashion front, though that could soon be changing. WWD reports the Israeli designer, known for his bright cocktail dresses that are often seen on the A-list, has been in talks with Japan’s Fast Retailing Ltd., the parent company of Uniqlo. Sources tell the fashion site that discussions have been about a collaboration. Both Fast Retailing and Elbaz declined to comment.
Much like fellow high street retailer H&M, Uniqlo is also known for teaming up with big fashion names.
Previously the likes of Christophe Lemaire and Jil Sander have created collections, as well as French fashionistas Ines de la Fressange and Carine Roitfeld.
Following Elbaz's departure from Lanvin after 14 years, Bouchra Jarrar has become the label’s artistic director. She’ll publicly show her first collection at the end of September (16) as part of Paris Fashion Week, following a private unveiling of Lanvin's Resort 17 line.
Since leaving Elbaz has spoken out several times about his dismissal, telling students at The New School’s Parsons School of Design in New York how much the decision affected him.
"Since I left (Lanvin), I have a huge scar… For the first couple of months, it was pouring rain in Paris, and I was walking and walking and walking," he said. "I never knew when I touched my face it was the rain or my tears."
While he hasn’t yet indicated any future fashion plans, Elbaz has been busy with speaking engagements.