On Wednesday, Fashionista reported that Alber Elbaz, the Creative Director of Lanvin, was leaving the brand. Note that this is just a week after Raf Simons announced he’d be leaving Dior. Now, According to Fashionista, Lanvin Employees are protesting the resignation of Elbaz but they aren’t angry with Elbaz himself, they’re angry with Lanvin’s majority shareholder.
Alber Elbaz didn’t actually resign, he got fired. No one noted that he got fired and assumed he decided to resign but in an article on vogue.com titled “Alber Elbaz is Out at Lanvin” written by Nicole Phelps, there is a quote from a letter written by Elbaz that explains everything. The quote reads:
“At this time of my departure from Lanvin on the decision of the company’s majority shareholder, I wish to express my gratitude and warm thoughts to all those who have worked with me passionately on the revival of Lanvin over the last 14 years; express my affection to all my wonderful colleagues in the Lanvin ateliers who accompanied me, and who enriched and supported my work. Together, we have met the creative challenge presented by Lanvin and have restored its radiance and have returned it to its rightful position among France’s absolute luxury fashion houses.”
Elbaz certainly did restore the restore the brand as noted in another article from Vogue and it’s clear that the brands employees would like to see more of Elbaz’s work.
The only thing that hasn’t been addressed is why Elbaz was fired. Lanvin’s representatives have not commented on the issue as written by Eliza Brook, the author of the article that reported the protest. Why would a company fire the creative director that is responsible for the company’s success? We’ll just have to wait and see what representatives at Lanvin say.
Also, I wonder who will take Elabz’s place at Lanvin as well as Rif Simons’ at Dior. Everyone will be wait for Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016 to see what the brands make with their new creative directors. It may even be more exciting than New York Fashion Week was this year when Givenchy announced it would be opening its show to the public. Again, we’ll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, go read the article from Vogue (linked above) that celebrates the best pieces designed by Elbaz. The same kind of article was also done by Fashionista for Rif Simons’ best pieces while he was at Dior. You can also watch this interview with Elbaz from Vogue Voices to hear him talk about working at Lanvin.
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