Designer Evolution: Alber Elbaz’s Path to Lanvin

We love Alber Elbaz and Lanvin (as evidenced here and here). So naturally, our talk about the designer’s work got us thinking — what twists and turn in his career took him to Lanvin?

YSL Spring 2000, Lanvin Fall 2009, and Lanvin Fall 2012

1979: Elbaz serves in the Israeli Army for 3 years. The term is mandatory. And because he has asthma, Elbaz is put in charge of entertainment.

1982: Studies Fashion Design at the Shenkar College of Textile Technology and Fashion.

1985: Moves to New York where he takes a job designing what he later calls “horrible mother-of-the-bride dresses.” He also drops the “t” off the end of his name at this time. He says this is because Judaism associates changing your name with changing your destiny.

1987: Begins working for Geoffrey Beene. Credits Beene with teaching him many things, including artful draping and rejection of trends.

1996: Hired as Creative Director of French Couture house Guy Laroche. Elbaz is praised for adding a contemporary touch to the collections without alienating the house’s older clients.

1998: Begins designing ready-to-wear for Yves Saint Laurent. “For me,” says Elbaz, “this isn’t a career move, but the realization of my life’s dream.”

2000: Dismissed from YSL and replaced by Tom Ford when the Gucci Group takes over YSL. This happens despite the fact that Saint Laurent was reportedly grooming Elbaz to inherit the house.

2001: Takes a sabbatical to travel through India and the Far East after a short-lived design stint at Krizia in Italy.

2001: Named Creative Director of Lanvin. Of his first collection, Vogue’s Andre Leon writes: “The debut of Alber Elbaz at that house was an elegant reality check — we could practically hear a crack of thunder over the Petit Palais.”

Did anything about Alber Elbaz’s career path surprise you?

Info Source: Voguepedia
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How to Spot…Lanvin Accessories

We’re adding a new little segment to HowFashionWorks called “How to Spot.” We thought about how easy it is  to eyeball a Louis Vuitton or Tory Burch piece because of their signature logos, but what about the brands that like to stay more discreet? In our inaugural “How to Spot” we point out a few ways to spot a Lanvin accessory.

Lanvin adds a whimsical touch to their handbags by weaving ribbon through the chain strap and finishing it with a bow and signature medallion keychain. Now that you know isn’t it easy to spot on these fashionable ladies?

And pointer number two….

Lanvin also uses grosgrain to set their shoes apart. Whether it’s the fine trim on a pump or flat, the laces on an oxford, or a decorative bow on the side, the French fashion house is know for their love of grosgrain details.

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Keeping Current: Top Pre-Fall 2012 Looks

As one season begins, we start gearing up for the next’s trends. Such is fashion — and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Though we’re caught up with shorts and swimsuits in real life, Pre-Fall 2012 looks are hitting the shelves. Don’t know what Pre-Fall is? It’s simply the fashion season that precedes Fall. Designers present Pre-Fall looks at their showrooms or on runways during December and January. A tantalizing taste of what’s to come, Pre-Fall collections tend to be more commercial than Spring and Fall and serve to tide us over between seasons.

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