Alber Elbaz partnering with Richemont on new fashion venture

Alber Elbaz is teaming with bosses at Richemont on a new fashion venture.The Moroccan-Israeli designer is perhaps best known for his successful stint as creative director of Lanvin, however, he was let go from his role at the French house in late 2015,…

Alber Elbaz is teaming with bosses at Richemont on a new fashion venture.

The Moroccan-Israeli designer is perhaps best known for his successful stint as creative director of Lanvin, however, he was let go from his role at the French house in late 2015, reportedly due to disagreements with the brand’s management.

Elbaz has enjoyed a low profile in the years following his exit from the label, but over the weekend, he confirmed he had signed a deal with executives at Switzerland-based luxury goods company Richemont to begin work on a new brand.

“I am very happy to partner with Richemont and to establish my ‘dream factory’, which will focus on developing solutions for women of our times,” the 58-year-old commented. “I am extremely excited to collaborate with good people, talented and smart individuals and look forward to also having a lot of fun with this new adventure.”

The joint venture is to be called AZfashion. Johann Rupert, chairman of Richemont, described the project as “an innovative and dynamic start-up”.

“Upon hearing Alber Elbaz describe his vision for fashion and the projects it inspires in him, I was again struck by his creativity and insight,” he praised. “His talent and inventiveness, with his sensitivity towards women and their wellbeing, will be of great value to our group and its Maisons. We warmly welcome Alber to Richemont and look forward to an exciting partnership.”

Since his departure from Lanvin, Elbaz has created limited-edition lines for the likes of LeSportsac, Tod’s, Converse, as well as a perfume for Frederic Malle.

Richemont owns a portfolio of leading luxury houses, including jewellery brands Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, watch labels Baume & Mercier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Piaget, as well as fashion companies like Alaia, Chloe, and Peter Millar.

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Magdalena Frackowiak undergoes surgery for mystery illness

Magdalena Frackowiak has undergone a five-hour operation after suffering from a mystery illness.The Polish model launched her career as a teenager and has since gone on to land campaigns for the likes of Prada, Lanvin, and Louis Vuitton, and walk the r…

Magdalena Frackowiak has undergone a five-hour operation after suffering from a mystery illness.

The Polish model launched her career as a teenager and has since gone on to land campaigns for the likes of Prada, Lanvin, and Louis Vuitton, and walk the runway for Dior, Givenchy, and Victoria’s Secret.

Magdalena recently took to Instagram to share a picture of her and surgeon Dr. Per Heden, who she credited with saving her life.

“Per Heden – the only man who is worth my attention. My angel, my inspiration, my everything. He healed me not only physically but also mentally,” the 34-year-old wrote in the caption. “No one else was able to help me. People turning their back when you (are) not feeling well. I didn’t know I’m slowly dying from the inside… he took on very complicated operation… five hours… I have no words to explain the magic of this man. It was truly a special experience in my life. I’m in pain but I finally feel better, I feel my energy is coming back. I am not a religious person, but I was literally touched by hand of the God (sic).”

Magdalena did not share any further details about her illness, but insisted that her operation had nothing to do with aesthetics, even though Dr. Heden specialises in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

And in a post on his Instagram page, the Swedish surgeon simply commented that he was thankful to receive “kind words” from the model, who “needed help with a difficult problem”.

Accordingly, a number of Magdalena’s celebrity friends posted messages of support on her social media pages, including Lily Aldridge, Isabeli Fontana, and Irina Shayk.

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Arizona Muse: ‘Instagram allows models to have a voice’

Arizona Muse has credited Instagram with giving models the ability to show fans who they really are.The American model began her career as a teenager and has since gone on to walk the runway for the likes of Chanel, Lanvin and Michael Kors and develop …

Arizona Muse has credited Instagram with giving models the ability to show fans who they really are.

The American model began her career as a teenager and has since gone on to walk the runway for the likes of Chanel, Lanvin and Michael Kors and develop an eco-friendly clothing line with Italian label Blaze Milano.

Arizona regularly updates her Instagram page to give her 236,000 followers photo insights into her life, and in a new interview, she has credited the social media site with giving models a way to open up and reveal their true selves.

“Models generally have much more of a voice than they did 20 or even 10 years ago,” she told Synchronicity Earth. “I think it has a lot to do with Instagram and with people finally getting to know who models are. In a magazine, you can’t get to know who a model is: they are wearing someone else’s clothes, someone else was the art director, someone else took the pictures. It’s a creative job, but it’s generally other people’s creativity, not the model’s. I do think Instagram has allowed models to have more of a voice.”

Arizona shared that the only opportunity models would get to speak for themselves before the emergence of Instagram was during an interview but claimed her words and tone of voice are usually changed by the reporter, who sets the agenda of the piece.

“You’d have an interview once in a while, but it really wasn’t your voice – the interviewer would write down whatever they chose to say, it was a matter of luck whether you really shone through,” the 30-year-old explained. “They often made you seem like something you weren’t, or what they wrote simply didn’t reflect your interests in any way.”

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Alber Elbaz teaming with Tod’s on capsule collection

Alber Elbaz is collaborating with Tod’s on a new capsule collection.The Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer has been very selective about his partnerships since his shock exit from his role as creative director at Lanvin in 2015, and in recent years, has…

Alber Elbaz is collaborating with Tod’s on a new capsule collection.

The Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer has been very selective about his partnerships since his shock exit from his role as creative director at Lanvin in 2015, and in recent years, has created limited-edition lines for the likes of LeSportsac and Converse, as well as a perfume for Frederic Malle.

Now, executives at Tod’s have announced Elbaz is to design a range for the Italian leather goods label, marking his first foray into luxury design in quite some time.

“Tod’s is pleased to announce an exclusive collaboration with Alber Elbaz, one of the most talented designers of our time, interpreting the world of Tod’s with his unmistakable creative genius,” a brand rep wrote on Instagram on Friday (05Apr19).

No further details regarding what the capsule will consist of, or a potential release date, were shared, but it is likely that Elbaz’s line will mostly be made up of handbags and shoes to fit in with Tod’s existing categories, and that the capsule will be a part of Tod’s Factory concept.

Speaking to WWD, the 58 year old shared he was thrilled to be working with Tod’s, which is owned by the Della Valle family.

“It made it fun, and very human. This is what I really love in fashion,” he shared. “It was nice to come back to a real family and the whole artisanal aspect was something I really miss.”

Tod’s Factory, a reference to Andy Warhol’s New York City studio, was launched in early 2018, with brand executives seeking to target a younger consumer with regular capsule collections and exclusive lines.

So far, Tod’s has unveiled a line with Alessandro Dell’Acqua, with the range featuring dot kitten-heeled pumps and moccasins with dainty ribbons, and stylish stretch booties, as well as leather biker jackets and trench coats.

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Bruno Sialelli unveils debut Lanvin line at PFW

On Wednesday (27Feb19) morning, Bruno Sialelli ushered in a fresh era at Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week.The designer showed off his debut collection for the troubled brand, after joining Lanvin in January from his post at Loewe. Showing off his artistic …

On Wednesday (27Feb19) morning, Bruno Sialelli ushered in a fresh era at Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week.

The designer showed off his debut collection for the troubled brand, after joining Lanvin in January from his post at Loewe.

Showing off his artistic flair with cute cartoon drawings, pencil portraits and fox motifs, Sialelli brought the wow factor back to the brand – helped by the inclusion of superstar models Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber.

Feminine silhouettes worked well alongside chunky knits and sheer fabrics, with a romantic elegance seen across the entire Fall/Winter 19 collection.

Stand out moments in the co-ed show included knitted corset detailing on a butter yellow trouser suit, a peach velvet men’s suit with a daisy drawing printed onto the front, and swishy scarf material seen on oversized shirts, dresses and skirts.

Ninety minutes later, Mugler showed in the City of Lights.

Structured and sexy tailoring, funky leather and sexy high-shine thigh-high booties made their way down the catwalk.

The modest collection was a world away from the headline-grabbing vintage Thierry Mugler garment Kim Kardashian recently squeezed into. Skin was covered in a patchwork prints, including animal, marbled monochrome and psychedelic swirls.

Jackets were nipped in at the waist, with a white blazer featuring slightly too long sleeves, and a black version adding an extra dimension with a ruffled peplum.

Later on Wednesday, Rochas, Lemaire, and Kenzo will take centre stage.

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Bruno Sialelli named Lanvin’s new creative director

Bruno Sialelli has been appointed as Lanvin’s new creative director.The French fashion house has been in a state of flux since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouchra Jarrar, and Olivie…

Bruno Sialelli has been appointed as Lanvin’s new creative director.

The French fashion house has been in a state of flux since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouchra Jarrar, and Olivier Lapidus, among the names who’ve held the post of head designer for brief stints.

But executives for Lanvin, which is now owned by Fosun Fashion Group, announced on Monday (21Jan19) that Sialelli will be taking over the artistic direction of the label.

“I am delighted and honoured to join Lanvin, a house founded by a visionary woman who among the first French couturiers dared to offer a global universe with a very wide field of expression,” he said in a statement. “Bringing emotions through compelling stories and defining a modern attitude are going to be exciting challenges in continuing this legacy.”

A relative unknown in the fashion world, Sialelli most recently acted as director of menswear design at Spanish heritage brand Loewe.

Previously, he gained extensive experience as pre-collection womenswear designer at Balenciaga, working under both Nicolas Ghesquiere and Alexander Wang, before becoming senior womenswear designer at Acne Studios, and then at Paco Rabanne.

Regarding Sialelli’s appointment, Lanvin’s chief executive officer Jean-Philippe Hecquet explained that he was confident the rising star would be able to introduce his own flair to upcoming collections whilst also remaining respectful of the house’s “iconic” codes, as established by company founder Jeanne Lanvin.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Bruno as the new creative director of Lanvin,” commented Hecquet. “His singular and very personal vision, his audacity, his culture, his energy and ability to build a strong creative team definitely convinced us. I can’t wait to discover Bruno’s first collections which will fully bring back to life this beautiful and unique fashion house, and once again inspire a passion among our customers.”

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Lucas Ossendrijver exiting Lanvin – report

Lucas Ossendrijver is reportedly leaving Lanvin after nearly 13 years at the brand.Editors at WWD report that the Dutch designer will bow out after presenting the pre-collection to buyers at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. When contacted, the head of men…

Lucas Ossendrijver is reportedly leaving Lanvin after nearly 13 years at the brand.

Editors at WWD report that the Dutch designer will bow out after presenting the pre-collection to buyers at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

When contacted, the head of menswear gave nothing away, stating he was still at the house would make “no further comment for the moment”.

A source told WWD the label is expected to pull out from the runway calendar for the upcoming Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in January.

It marks the latest shake-up at the luxury French fashion house. Since the departure of long-term womenswear creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, who left following disagreements with Lanvin’s former majority shareholder Shaw-Lan Wang, there has been a revolving door of designers helming the women’s collections.

Elbaz, who’d been at the label for 14 years, was immediately succeeded by Bouchra Jarrar, who lasted in the role for a little over a year. Next in was Olivier Lapidus, but he departed after only eight months, leaving in March (18).

Lanvin has yet to appoint a new womenswear designer, though it was reported in October that former Loewe employee Bruno Sialelli was being lined up.

Ossendrijver earned his fashion stripes at Kenzo and Dior Homme before he joined Lanvin in 2006. He previously praised working with Elbaz as he celebrated his 10th anniversary at the brand.

“You know those 10 years have been quite formative for me,” Ossendrijver mused to Matches Fashion. “Working with Alber, I learned such a great deal of things. Spending 10 years working with someone in fashion is an eternity. It’s quite rare.”

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Designer Bruno Sialelli in talks to join Lanvin – report

Loewe designer Bruno Sialelli is reportedly in talks to join Lanvin in a key role.The French luxury fashion house has been in a state of flux since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouch…

Loewe designer Bruno Sialelli is reportedly in talks to join Lanvin in a key role.

The French luxury fashion house has been in a state of flux since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouchra Jarrar, and, most recently, Olivier Lapidus, among the names who’ve held the post of head designer for brief stints.

But according to editors at WWD, Lanvin bosses are in negotiations with Sialelli to take over the role of creative director. However, neither Lanvin executives nor Sialelli have yet commented on the speculation.

A rising star in the fashion industry, Sialelli has helmed the menswear department at Spanish heritage brand Loewe since March 2016.

Before that, he worked in womenswear at Paco Rabanne, as well as at Acne Studios, Balenciaga and Azzedine Alaia. His LinkedIn profile also states that he studied at the Studio Bercot fashion school in Paris in from 2008 until 2010.

In recent months, designers floated as potential successors for Lapidus have included former Berluti designer Haider Ackermann and Simon Porte Jacquemus.

Since executives at Chinese conglomerate Fosun acquired a majority stake in Lanvin in February, revamping the design team has been a major focus, with new chief executive officer Jean-Philippe Hecquet tasked with finding fresh talent.

And in August, former Louis Vuitton employee Hecquet explained that he was committed to finding the right people as part of a new strategy.

“Clearly our objective and our goals are very ambitious, and the road may be a bit bumpy. It’s never easy to bring back to life a luxury brand… I don’t take it as an easy project,” he told Business of Fashion. “My role and the role of the executive committee will really be to bring back the confidence, to bring back the positive vibes.”

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Lanvin CEO sets sights on new designer

New Lanvin chief executive Jean-Philippe Hecquet has admitted that the road to success may be bumpy.Hecquet officially begins his duties on Tuesday (28Aug18), though has a tough task ahead of him as the luxury label is currently without a womenswear de…

New Lanvin chief executive Jean-Philippe Hecquet has admitted that the road to success may be bumpy.

Hecquet officially begins his duties on Tuesday (28Aug18), though has a tough task ahead of him as the luxury label is currently without a womenswear designer.

Since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in 2015, there has been a revolving door of head designers at Lanvin, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouchra Jarrar, and, most recently, Olivier Lapidus, among those to have come and gone.

“Clearly our objective and our goals are very ambitious, and the road may be a bit bumpy,” Hecquet told Business of Fashion. “It’s never easy to bring back to life a luxury brand… I don’t take it as an easy project.”

Names currently floated as potential successors include former Berluti designer Haider Ackermann and Simon Porte Jacquemus, but a selection has yet to be made.

“The number one priority is, of course, to bring back the creativity,” he continued, adding that the company is “looking at a lot of talent”.

Elbaz, who himself is making a slow return to fashion, was pushed out by former label owner, Taiwanese businesswoman Shaw-Lan Wang.

Lanvin has since changed hands, after Chinese conglomerate Fosun acquired a majority stake in the French brand in February. Former Louis Vuitton employee Hecquet is now looking to re-establish the once-loved fashion house.

“The life at Lanvin was not easy over the last year,” Hecquet said. “My role and the role of the executive committee will really be to bring back the confidence, to bring back the positive vibes.”

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Alber Elbaz addresses Chanel speculation

Alber Elbaz thinks of Karl Lagerfeld every time his name is thrown into the mix for the top job at Chanel.Lagerfeld has headed up the French fashion house since the ’80s, and while he may be one of the oldest men in fashion, the 84-year-old, who also r…

Alber Elbaz thinks of Karl Lagerfeld every time his name is thrown into the mix for the top job at Chanel.

Lagerfeld has headed up the French fashion house since the ’80s, and while he may be one of the oldest men in fashion, the 84-year-old, who also runs Fendi and his own label, shows no signs of slowing down.

That hasn’t stopped people speculating who will take over after he leaves though, with former Lanvin designer Elbaz the hot favourite.

“Every time that comes up, I think of Karl, and how difficult it must be for him to hear all these rumours,” Elbaz sighed to The Hollywood Reporter. “I give him so much credit for what he’s done so successfully for so many years. He’s there, he’s doing a fabulous job, let’s wish him only the best. I know when I was at Saint Laurent (in the late ’90s), always there was talk of who was going to replace him. I saw how hard it is to be that person. Why would I do that to anyone?”

Since his shock departure from Lanvin in 2015, Elbaz has been biding his time when it comes to making his fashion return.

He’s taken on jobs here and there, including his latest work with LeSportsac on a bag collection, but Elbaz admitted he’s enjoyed “travelling the world and finding the time to just think”.

“For so many years I was working, so many hours and so many days producing and creating these collections,” he explained. “But I don’t know any other creative endeavour that produces so much in such a short period of time. I don’t know any director who makes eight films a year, or any writer who creates eight novels in a year. It’s been quite interesting to just take the time.”

And the former “workaholic” remained tight-lipped on what his future holds.

“I’m not very good at saying, ‘No comment,'” he laughed, adding: “I’m not in a rush, and I’m doing it my way… When the time is right, trust me, everybody will be happy for me.”

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