Alber Elbaz, the ever humble creative director of the French Fashion house Lanvin, is parting ways with the house after fourteen years at its head. The news broke early Wednesday morning via WWD. Elbaz took the reigns at the iconic fashion house in 2001 after his short stint as creative director at Yves Saint Laurent, before Tom Ford took charge of design.
According to WWD, Elbaz and the heads of the brand Shaw-Lan Wang and CEO Michèle Huiban, had creative differences about the future of the iconic brand. At Fashion Group International’s Night of the Stars this past Thursday night, Elbaz was honored on a night themed The Revolutionaries. His speech at the grand event may be an inkling of where the partnership of Elbaz and the CEO Huiban cracked. In his speech, Elbaz spoke about the rapid pace of fashion in correlation to technology. Elbaz stated via NYMag:
I believe that the biggest change in fashion will come because of technology and with technology. But the real evolution — not revolution — will happen when tradition and know-how, and human touch, and beauty, and newness, and technology, will become one.
The news of Elbaz’s departure was a shock to his employees, who were said to be in tears when they heard the news. The ever-humble designer thanked his colleagues and wished the house a loving farewell stating:
“Together, we have met the creative challenge presented by Lanvin and have restored its radiance and returned it to its rightful position among France’s absolute luxury fashion houses.
“I wish the house of Lanvin the future it deserves among the best French luxury brands.”
In this never-ending game of designer roulette, who will be the next head of Lanvin? More importantly, where will Elbaz go next? Now that Dior and Raf Simons have parted ways, will the fashion house seek out Elbaz?