The relentless and unapologetic pace of high fashion houses has been all the talk since the shock departure of Raf Simons from Dior, and now after his 14 year tenure Alber Elbaz has taken his final bow as the creative head of Lanvin. Only recently has the designer spoken out to WWD about his increasing weariness with the ever-quickening pace of fashion: ‘I need more time.’ And I think everybody in fashion these days needs just a little more time.'
Elbaz, who catapulted Lanvin onto the big Paris fashion week stage, with his draped designs, couture-like craftmanship and loveable personality has reportedly already emptied his Paris office and his team was notified of his departure this morning.
WWD reported that the charismatic Israeli designer has been involved in a series of disagreements with Lanvin's principal owner, which has been building in the recent months. As it stands, the house does not have an obvious successor with Elbaz so firmly marking his stamp on brand Lanvin it will hard to imagine anyone else with such buoyant and arduous personality filling these shoes.
This is the second high profile fashion exit in a week. Could the timing be purely coincidental or is Alber poised to step into Raf's shoes at Dior?