Richemont, the parent company of the luxury fashion house Lanvin, announced the death of Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz, who led the house from 2001 to 2015. the COVID-19 was the cause of his death.
Upon hearing the news of Alber’s untimely death, Richemont chairman Johann Rupert published the following statement on Sunday: “It was with shock and tremendous regret that I heard of Alber’s premature passing.
Israeli Fashion Designer Alber Elbaz Has Died At 59
Alber’s status as one of the industry’s most brilliant and well-liked individuals was well-earned. His wisdom, empathy, kindness, and boundless imagination have always impressed me. His unique perspective, appreciation for beauty, and compassion mark him as an unforgettable guy of uncommon kindness and brilliance.
To Elbaz, who the Richemont group praised for his “inclusive vision of fashion,” which “made women feel beautiful and comfortable by blending traditional craftsmanship with technology,”
In 2019, Elbaz began working with Richemont in preparation for the debut of his own label, AZfashion. Elbaz was born in Morocco in 1961, but he spent his formative years in Israel. He later relocated to New York.
When he was appointed CEO of French house Guy Laroche in Paris in 1996, he first came to the attention of the general public. He joined Yves Saint Laurent as its director of creative operations in 1998.
While at the helm of the French fashion house from 2001 to 2015, he was widely credited with reviving the brand.
Women’s Wear Daily reported Elbaz’s death on Saturday at a Paris hospital without citing a source.
“For 14 years, the imaginative talent of Alber Elbaz led Lanvin at the forefront of world fashion,” she stressed in a statement.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo expressed her “deep sadness” at the news on Twitter, calling Elbaz “a creative, generous man. He was deeply in love with Paris and will be sorely missed.