Confirmed: Alber Elbaz Departing Lanvin
ALBER ELBAZ and Lanvin “have ended their collaboration”, a spokesperson for the brand confirmed to us this afternoon, terminating Elbaz’s 14-year tenure as creative director at the French fashion house. An official announcement is expected from the brand imminently, however Elbaz this evening released his own personal statement in which he confirmed his departure and revealed that the decision was not his.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
The company’s major shareholder that he refers to is owner Shaw-Lan Wang whom, along with Lanvin’s chief executive officer, Michele Huiban, Elbaz is said to have had “disagreements” with recently, WWD reported today.
Elbaz’s design team were reportedly told of his exit this morning, while all members of staff at the fashion house – which celebrated its 125th anniversary last year – were called to a meeting this afternoon at its Paris HQ.
Earlier this year, we reported that Wang was looking to sell the fashion house, although nothing has come to fruition. Elbaz, who was brought on by Wang in 2001 and owns a stake in the fashion house, is said to have “complained about a lack of strategy and targeted investment, and about compromising the image of the brand in Asia”.
While his next move is unknown, speculation will no doubt surround the currently empty vacancy at Dior following Raf Simons’s departure last week, although given that Elbaz has been vocal about his desire to slow down the pace of fashion amidst an ever more developing digital landscape, something entirely different may be on the horizon.
Hmmm wonder whats happening with the two big fashion houses…