We were just about getting over the fact that Raf Simons left Christian Dior when this new piece of information came and hit us where it hurts. Alber Elbaz and Lanvin will no longer be working together. According to WWD, this comes as a decision made by one of Lanvin’s majority stakeholders, which suggests he was let go from the design house. Elbaz stated,
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 accompanies me, and who enriched and supported my work. 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. I also wish to express my profound and deepest gratitude to all of the clients and friends, to the French and international press and to all those business partners who collaborated with Lanvin, providing us with support since 2001. I wish the house of Lanvin the future it deserves among the best French luxury brands, and hope that it finds the business vision it needs to engage in the right way forward.
While Raf Simons and Alexander Wang left Dior and Balenciaga respectively after around three years of collaborating, Elbaz was the man responsible for bringing Lanvin to the forefront at Paris Fashion Week, over their 14 years of working together – and he will be missed.