FASHION NEWS: LANVIN PARTS WAYS WITH ALBER ELBAZ AFTER 14 YEARS
Paris fashion house Lanvin is closing its doors with creative director Alber Elbaz after fourteen years of courtship. Lanvin has been experiencing declining sales over the last three years even in one of its most devoted boutiques—Tender in Birmingham had stopped carrying the collection.
Elbaz has worked for Geoffrey Beene, Yves Saint Laurent, and even Gucci through his years. Elbaz was appointed the artistic director of Lanvin, one of France’s oldest fashion brands, on October 2001. Elbaz claims his removal was the “decision of the majority shareholder” of the company. One of Lanvin’s controlling shareholder Shaw-Lan Wang has rejected several acquisition offers from Qatari Group Mayhoola and Kerring a few months ago.
Lanvin known for imprint on silk cocktail dresses and chunky jewelry can be admired in Alber Elbaz’s hardcover Lanvin Anniversary Book ($450).
Published in 2012, this hardcover edition is a beauty.
With many recent departures—Alber Elbaz from Lanvin or Raf Simons from Christian Dior—which power house brand will be next in losing a major creative player?
Lanvin issued the following statement:
Today the House of LANVIN has ended its collaboration with Alber Elbaz.
We would like to thank him for the chapter he has written in the House’s over 125 year history. The House of LANVIN confirms the implementation of its corporate strategic plan to continue making the oldest of the Parisian fashion houses, the Ambassador of French luxury’s excellence, in the independent spirit of its founder Jeanne Lanvin.