Alber Elbaz is leaving Lanvin
By Sara McCorquodale

The news began to circulate just days after the designer gave a speech lamenting current expectations on the fashion industry. WGSN Senior Editor Sara McCorquodale reports

Oct 28, 2015

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Alber Elbaz is leaving Lanvin after 14 years at the helm as Creative Director.

The Parisian fashion house has yet to confirm the news which began to circulate this afternoon, however the designer’s departure would not necessarily surprise many of his fans.

Just last week at FGI’s Night of Stars in New York, Elbaz lamented the extreme expectations those working in the industry have to live up to in a 15 minute speech about fashion. He was also accepting the top honour of the evening – the Superstar Award.


He said: “We designers started as couturiers with dreams, with intuitions and with feelings. We started with,’What do women want? What do women need? What can I do for women to make their lives better and easier? How can I make a woman more beautiful?’'”

“Then we became creative directors, so we have to create, but mostly direct. And now we have to become image-makers, making sure it looks good in the pictures. The screen has to scream baby — that’s the rule. And loudness is the new thing. Loudness is the new cool, and not only in fashion. I prefer whispering. I think it goes deeper and lasts longer.”

If confirmed, Elbaz’s departure comes less than a week after the announcement Raf Simons had quit Christian Dior. It follows several high profile departures this year including Alexander Wang from Balenciaga and Donna Karan leaving her role as chief designer of Donna Karan International.

MORE: It’s all over at Christian Dior, so what should Raf Simons do now?

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