Alber Elbaz: Women are all dieting
Alber Elbaz thinks all women are "counting calories" and "craving chocolate".
The 53-year-old designer has helmed Lanvin since 2001 and knows exactly how to cater to ladies who seek glamorous attire, with his Autumn/Winter 15 range full of frills and fringing.
His work takes him all over the globe, but one thing Alber thinks remains constant is his customers' outlook on looking good.
“There isn’t a difference between French women, women in America, women in Dubai," he explained to WWD. "Women are all alike everywhere in the world: everybody’s on a diet and everybody’s counting calories and everyone’s craving chocolate and everyone loves to have a red dress with a huge diamond necklace. There is this common thing about women everywhere.”
Alber was speaking from a cocktail event in Dubai, which marked his first ever visit to the United Arab Emirates. There were around 400 guests at the One&Only Royal Mirage hotel, each excited to see the fashion icon and determined to get selfies with him.
For Alber, it was a heart-warming experience.
“I always say when you love people, they love you back. I felt very loved here and I gave it back,” he smiled. “I really enjoy it [the trip]. I saw so much body heat here and hugging and photos. It is really great. I don’t mind... I was not born in Switzerland so I get it.”
The Moroccan-born star was joined by Lanvin chief executive Michèle Huiban and retail executives based in Dubai, including Patrick Chalhoub and Anthony Chalhoub.
As well as the party, Alber previewed his exclusive six-piece capsule collection for the Middle East during an afternoon tea party with Emirati royal family members.