Alber Elbaz 'shocked at Lanvin accusations'
Alber Elbaz is reportedly shocked that Lanvin has accused him of failing to deliver "creative designs".
The Moroccan Israeli designer's departure from the brand in October (15) came as a surprise to fans as well as those in the industry. There have since been reports of tension between staff and management at Lanvin following his exit and it seems things have now reached a new level as Alber has apparently shared his thoughts with those above him.
WWD reports that the fashion star has penned a letter to the brand's owner Shaw-Lan Wang and chief executive officer Michèle Huiban detailing his "shock" at them letting him go. He is also said to strongly challenge their accusations that the lack of "creative designs" was in part behind the label's troubles.
The outlet adds Alber deems all the charges made against him, outlined in an email sent to Lanvin staff on November 6 (15), "unjustifiable". He apparently believes a lack of marketing strategy and investment and weak management are the reasons behind sales coming to a standstill. With this said, Alber is said to have requested Shaw-Lan and Michèle stop questioning his creative outlook, and that he will seek legal action to stop them if not. Another defence would reportedly be a long interview to speak out and keep his reputation intact.
WWD reports that Michèle details Alber's "aggression" towards management and she also urges Shaw-Lan to sell the company. She reportedly shows confidence in finding a new leader for Lanvin.
“The fundamentals of the business are healthy, its shareholder and governance are solid, the brand is strong, the strategy is clear,” WWD reports she wrote.
Alber joined the historic brand in 2001 and helped revive it. His role followed on from successful stints at the likes of Yves Saint Laurent.