What’s going on, will you ask?
The first question is : What’s going on in the fashion industry? First, on 7 October 2015,Kering announced that Demna Gvasalia will lead the creative direction team for iconic fashion house Balenciaga, as second, on October 22, Raf Simons left Dior House which is the jewel in the crown of french& world fashion and on October 28, the Breaking News again, Alber Elbaz left Lanvin.
One example :the brand such Chanel send a consistent message about what they are and what they stand for. If you are going to invest, you invest in that.Also if you don’t like one collection or maybe complete season. During Elbaz tenure Lanvin look became so recognizable that in 2010 Lanvin launched a collaboration with H&M. Iconic house as Lanvin is, collaborated with H&M! Lanvin was founded in 1889,by Jeanne Lanvin.In 1909, Lanvin joined the Syndicat de la Couture, which marked her formal status as a couturiére. But today is October 28,2015 and the discussions and speculiations are going Forward. The questions such “ Who -or will Alber Elbaz replace Simons at the helm of Dior? Who will replace Alber Elbaz in Lanvin?“ are still open.
As always, when a departure is announced, speculation is rife as to who could replace him. Riccardo Tisci is rumoured to be a candidate, but here comes the question,will Riccardo Tisci leave Givenchy in 2015-2016? He refused one time, so why must he change his opinion now, when he want to start with Givenchy Haute Couture?Young LVMH Talent Jonathan Andreson , currently at Loewe, is also being mooted. It is possible, however – as they did with Simons – that the company could look to an outside hire, which is where the names being connected with the job become even more diverse and interesting. Gucci’sAlessandro Michele, EX Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz , New York’s duo Proenza Schouler and also Olivier Theyskens are also being connected with the now-vacant role.
Elbaz’s exit from Lanvin places him in prime position for the post of artistic director of Dior, left open by the departure of Raf Simons last week.
The designer – known for his charisma, flair and couture-like approach to ready-to-wear – had a successful if disrupted career prior to Lanvin. Following an early placement at Guy Laroche, he went on to work at Yves Saint Laurent, and was expected to become its creative director when Saint Laurent retired
Elbaz worked for the Paris fashion house Lanvin from 2001 until October 2015. In 2014, Lanvin had estimated revenues of 250 million euros.
Here is a complete statement, signed by Elbaz :
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 accompanied 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.