Fashion's favorite (and never-ending) game of Designer Musical Chairs has a shocking new move to digest: On Wednesday, it was announced that Alber Elbaz, the Israeli designer who's served as the artistic director of Lanvin for the past 14 years, will be leaving his role at the French fashion house. The news was first reported by WWD.
This development comes exactly a week after Raf Simons parted ways with Dior after just three years, citing "personal reasons." It's easy to infer that this could mean Elbaz will fill the vacancy left by Simons — especially considering that WWD said his exit from Lanvin is due to continuing disagreements with the label's private owner and CEO. But, in an impassioned speech he made last week at FGI's Night of Stars, Elbaz spoke for 16 minutes on the current state of the industry, naming burnout and lack of time to develop new ideas as the biggest problems plaguing fashion designers right now. "We designers started as couturiers with dreams, with intuitions and with feelings," he said. "Then we became creative directors, so we have to create, but mostly direct."
A rep for Lanvin provided the following statement Wednesday.
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.