Catching Up With Alber Elbaz and Lanvin

Last month, the Internet was very happy that Alber Elbaz finally joined Instagram after being fired from Lanvin just a couple of weeks before. Major fashion sites, like Vogue and Fashionista, have not written about him since then so I figured I’d give you guys an update on Elbaz and Lanvin.

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For those of you who didn’t hear the news, Alber Elbaz was the creative director of French fashion brand Lanvin for over a decade. It was then reported that he would be leaving Lanvin and later that he was in fact fired from the brand. Everyone was writing about this and when Elbaz joined Instagram, everyone was happy and his supporters followed him there. Now, there seems to be legal issues going on with Elbaz and Lanvin over his recent firing.

Apparently, a lawyer from Lanvin says that Elbaz will not be given a severance pay. Giving Elbaz a severance pay would be too expensive for Lanvin according to a report from WWD which reads,

Johann Sultan of CBR & Associés spoke out after Isabelle Schucké-Niel, the lawyer representing the works council, told a Paris court on Tuesday that the severance package could cost Lanvin between 20 million euros and 40 million euros, or $27.5 million to $55 million at current exchange.

While that may not seem like much of a legal issue, it is because of the reason Lanvin doesn’t want to pay it.

According to the same report, Elbaz had been “subcontracted to Jeanne Lanvin SA (JLSA) via his company AEK Designs” and was paid in advance for fees through the end of the year. To which Sultan says “He has therefore been asked to reimburse the excess payment. To date, JLSA is owed money by AEK Designs.”

Sultan has also accused Elbaz of “trying to sell his shares to another company in the Lanvin group” and stated that this was the reason Eblaz was fired in a report from the Hollywood Reporter.

Things might be looking up for Elbaz as he was later reported to be talking to Delphine Arnault which was “raising eyebrows given her role in recruiting creative talents for the luxury group her family controls, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.”

We also still don’t know who will be replacing former Dior Creative Director Raf Simons but everyone seems to think it will be Alber Elbaz. Regardless, I don’t think these issues will do much to Elbaz as he is well supported in the fashion industry and many brands would most likely want to have him designing collections for them.

So, do you think Alber Elbaz should replace Raf Simons at Dior? Let me know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to get new posts sent directly to your inbox and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.


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