Fashion designer Alber Elbaz, 59, died on Saturday April 24, 2021, in Paris. Born in Morocco, Casablanca, in 1961, and raised in Israel, he was known for leading and relaunching Lanvin. After a long hiatus, he had recently embarked on a new adventure, launching AZ Factory together with Richemont. According to WWD (and confirmed by other newspapers), Elbaz’s death was caused by Covid-19, after 3 weeks of hospitalization at the American Hospital in Paris.
After his debut in Guy Laroche, the limelight in Yves Saint Laurent and a transition from Krizia, Elbaz arrived in Lanvin in 2001. Creative with an exuberant character, Elbaz, through an organic and continuous development path, has revived the historic brand from which he separated in a stormy way in 2015. From that moment Elbaz has collaborated on some special projects. For example, the Happy Moments capsule collection with Tod’s. Last January, finally, came the debut with AZ Factory, a project built and launched together with the Swiss group Richemont.
“I have lost not only a colleague, but a dear friend – Johann Rupert (president of Richemont) tells WWD -. I have always been captivated by his intelligence, sensitivity, generosity, and unbridled creativity. He was a man of exceptional warmth and talent. His singular vision, sense of beauty and empathy leave an indelible mark. It was a great privilege to see Alber during his latest creative endeavour. His inclusive approach to fashion made women feel beautiful and at ease, blending traditional craftsmanship with highly innovative technology and projects that have tried to redefine the sector”.
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