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Alber Elbaz, the fashion designer best known for his star turn leading Lanvin couture house, died on 24th April 2021 from Covid-19 at an age of 59. The sad news was confirmed by the Swiss luxury group Richemont with whom he recently launched his new brand in January by the name AZ Factory.
Elbaz, popular in the fashion industry for his charm and approachable disposition was widely recognized for his broad smile and elegant personal dress code of bow ties and thick-rimmed glasses. Alber Elbaz held a big spot in establishing the latest fashiontrends and experimenting with his designs to come out with incredible. Keep on reading to know more about the legendary fashion designer Alber Elbaz.
Elbaz was born in Morocco’s Casablanca in the year 1961 and shifted to Israel at the age of 10. After graduating, his first consignment with the fashion industry was with Geoffrey Beene, an American designer. Elbaz was prompted by his mother to move to New York City in 1989 to pursue his career in design. In the late 90s, he worked as a creative director at Yves Saint Laurent for a short span. Alber Elbaz will certainly be remembered as a witty and ironic designer.
Elbaz, whose personal signature style was black glasses and a bow tie – is one of the most renowned for his creative directorship at Lanvin, he rejuvenated the label from 2001-2015 with his imaginative designs brimming with print, color, and volume. Elbaz’s sudden exit from the fashion house was acrimonious, and the designer took a five-year break from the industry, returning in the year 2021.
Before Lanvin – The Morocco-born fashion designer who shifted to Israel at a young age worked for Parisian Maison Yves Saint Laurent and Krizia. Elbaz started his fashion career in the year 1989 assisting Geoffrey Beene, an American fashion designer, after shifting to New York five years prior.
This year in January, Alber Elbaz made a comeback to the fashion industry to much industry jubilation, with his recently launched new label AZ Factory. Recently in an interview, Alber Elbaz said he has had the time to observe and live a life not just as a fashion designer but as a human being. His new label was rooted in a seasonless business model, concentrated on timeless pieces for different women, that maintained his affection for pattern, color, and wit.
Throughout his fashion designing career, Alber Elbaz has been recognized with a slew of industry awards in recognition of his wonderful contribution to fashion, encompassing the 2005 CFDA most influential designer and International Designer award at the inaugural World Fashion Awards conducted by WGSN. In the year 2013, Alber Elbaz was announced as the winner of the Geoffrey Beene Fashion Impact Award at the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund dinner. In 2009 he was honored with the Grande Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris by mayor Bertrand Delanoë, for his powerful impact on the city, and in the year 2016, awarded the prestigious French Legion of Honour.
To do justice to his accomplishments, to gauge his contribution to the fashion industry, to encompass so many unforgettable memories of such talent into a single narrative is an overwhelmingly undoable duty. His essence began from how he established himself as a designer: not as an intellectual plucking high concepts from the air and enacting them, however, as an ally who put in all the powers of his social insight and creativity at the service of women’s lived experience.
The importance of what Alber endorsed will not go away, either from the fashion history or from the hearts of women who loved his designs.
It is impossible to imagine how many people across the globe must have been touched by the joy that Alber Elbaz brought to their beings in his 59 years. Most of all, thoughts go to the loss being endured by his life partner Alex Koo. The fashion world owes Alber Elbaz the greatest debt of gratitude for everything he has given. His memory will be preserved by all of us and surely by those who loved his designs.
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