The fashion world lost one of its most beloved figures over the weekend with the passing of Alber Elbaz. Most known for single-handedly reviving Lanvin, the Moroccan-born Israeli designer died at 59 from Covid-19, leaving his freshly launched venture AZ Factory behind, along with a joyful legacy.
Over the course of his prolific career, which began in Geoffrey Beene’s studio, Elbaz designed with a thoughtfulness and kindness that made people fall madly in love with his aesthetic. A designer who believed a woman moving comfortably in a pair of flats could be just as glamorous as one in stilettos, Elbaz was the industry’s favorite pragmatist — he cared deeply for the wellbeing and beauty of others.
“Not only did his genius make the world a more exquisite place, he had everyone laughing and smiling with him in the process,” Edward Enininful wrote in an Instagram post honoring the late designer. “We have lost a great talent and a special soul.”
Over the course of decades-long career, Elbaz touched the lives of many in the fashion world. From models to stylists, designers and editors, Elbaz left a lasting impact on everyone he worked with. Whether it was fellow designers like Marc Jacobs and Olivier Rousteing or legendary supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, this is how the fashion world is honoring and remembering Alber Elbaz.
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