Lanvin has confirmed that Alber Elbaz will be leaving the house – after fourteen years at the creative helm.
“We would like to thank [Alber Elbaz] for the chapter he has written in the House’s over 125 year history,” read a statement released by Lanvin on Wednesday. “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.”
Elbaz is one of the industry’s steadiest figures, his career spanning beginnings in New York as right hand to Geoffrey Beene, positions at Guy Laroche and Saint Laurent in Paris preceding his move to Lanvin in 2001, where he would set a new pace for the now 125-year-old French heritage house – and steer it towards a sound new future. His convergence of old school luxury with forward-thinking finesse is in the same spirit that rose the house in the late 19th century and that has continues to surge through the men’s (designed by Lucas Ossendrijver) and women’s collections alike.
The news is the latest in a string of major luxury house shake ups, including Raf Simons’ departure from Dior this month and Alexander Wang’s from Balenciaga just weeks ago.