Alber Elbaz Dismissed from Lanvin

Tensions reach an all time high between Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz and Paris’ Lanvin. Back in October, Lanvin removed Alber Elbaz from his role as creative designer. The fall out continued this morning when Lanvin removed the designer from their board of directors. This decision was reported after a brief meeting in the brands Parisian headquarters. This move essential means that Elbaz will have no say in the brand moving forward. He will, however, retain his minority share in the company. Lanvin reportedly forced him out at the label following reports of poor designs by majority shareholder Shaw-Lan Wang. Subsequently the label announced Bouchra Jarrar would succeed Elbaz following his 14-year tenure.

Elbaz built Lanvin into the brand they are today. Historically it is astonishing to me how many brands remove the creative director that brought them to prosperity, despite the history of companies failing without their founding figure. It will be interesting to see if Bouchra Jarrar can fill the void. And what Elbaz will do to fill his time until Lanvin inevitably calls him to rescue their brand after a few years.

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Jelani Arthur Williamson

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