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Alber Elbaz to give talk at prestigious New York school

Alber Elbaz to give talk at prestigious New York school

Alber Elbaz will soon be taking to the stage at The New School’s Parsons School of Design for a talk.

The Moroccan-Israeli designer is a much loved figure in fashion, and has never held back when it comes to sharing his views. The former Lanvin head, who left the post in October (15), will be joined by Paper magazine founder and editor Kim Hastreiter and fashion consultant Julie Gilhart.

The chat will take place on 3 May (16), at the prestigious New York school, according to WWD.

Alber recently addressed 300 students at China’s Tsinghua University, warning them that those who follow a career in fashion must be prepared for the long haul.

“Fashion is a very long marathon where we run but don’t lose calories,” he said. “We work so hard and we have to prepare ourselves to learn how to do fashion and it’s not enough just because you’re famous.”

He also shed light on the problems currently facing the style world.

“I looked out in the industry and saw a beautiful fashion industry, but I saw a fashion industry that was a little bit tired, a little bit confused, a little bit anxious, a little bit in fear,” he sighed. “On the other hand, I saw the Apple boys and they look like the new James Bond. When I came out of this, I thought: how sad, what’s happened to fashion? How can technology take over the glamour of fashion?”

His wariness with fashion will no doubt be intensified now that Alber has reportedly been removed from Lanvin’s board of directors. WWD claim his dismissal was decided upon at a brief board meeting on Monday (25Apr16), but it won’t impact his minority shareholding at the fashion house.

Bouchra Jarrar will make her debut as Lanvin’s artistic director of womenswear for Spring 17.

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