Alber Elbaz misses Lanvin colleagues
Alber Elbaz shared how much he misses Lanvin as he accepted France’s Legion d'Honneur.
The fashion designer was given the country’s highest honour during Paris Fashion Week on Monday (03Oct16), which he accepted in front of a packed out audience including the likes of actress Demi Moore and Valentino designer Pierpaolo Piccioli.
During his speech, Alber addressed his former Lanvin colleagues, who he began working with in 2001 and parted with last year (15).
“I’m still in love with fashion and I miss fashion and I miss you all,” he told the audience.
“One day we may be back together, but maybe another place. It’s the people I miss.”
Alber’s exit shocked the fashion world, as there were rumours of a riff between him and staff at Lanvin. However, in a letter penned to owner Shaw-Lan Wang and chief executive officer Michele Huiban, the designer supposedly addressed the claims, insisting all allegations made against him – including a lack of “creative designs” – were untrue.
But that didn’t stop him from reflecting on fond memories during his time there on Monday night (03Oct16), as guests also spoke about their admiration for him.
“Alber is the warmest guy in fashion I’ve ever met; this is already a good reason,” Piccioli smiled to Vogue.com.
“His joyful approach to fashion is a new thing. With his passions, he gave humanity to fashion at a moment when everything was not so human. Everybody was talking about powerful women, but he gave women a new sense of, I would say, joy. I love his thoughts - he’s so authentic.”
Alber fans are in for a treat too, as on the same day he announced the launch of a new perfume he has created with fragrance expert Frederic Malle. The scent, called Superstitious, will be released in March next year (17) and was previewed at Monday night’s event.
“The word 'Superstitious' was the starting point of it all, something we agreed upon immediately. We are both superstitious," Alber said in a statement. "It's not about a collaboration, it’s about friendship and respect."