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Fashion 10 of Alber Elbaz's Wittiest Lines—In Memory of Fashion's Most Quotable Designer

10 of Alber Elbaz's Wittiest Lines—In Memory of Fashion's Most Quotable Designer

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 31: Stylist Alber Elbaz attends the Party for the 200th Issue Numero, at Restaurant RAN on January 31, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images for Mazarine)
Alber Elbaz passed away on Sunday at the age of 59. (Photo: Getty Images)
By Rosana Lai
By Rosana Lai
April 25, 2021
The fashion designer beloved for his wit, warmth and romantic designs was known for reviving the house of Lanvin from 2001 to 2015 and recently launched his new venture AZ Factory under Richemont. He passed away on Sunday at the age of 59.

Our hearts go out to Elbaz's loved ones and to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. I had the good fortune of speaking with the ebullient and talented designer ahead of the launch of AZ Factory two months ago and Elbaz showed me great warmth and generosity for which he is known and loved throughout the industry. Below are just a few of my favourite quotes that he shared with me that evening. The fashion world has lost a legend and he will be sorely missed.

LONDON - MARCH 26:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME)  Alber Elbaz attends the launch party of the French Fashion House 'Lanvin', at Lanvin on March 26, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON - MARCH 26: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Alber Elbaz attends the launch party of the French Fashion House 'Lanvin', at Lanvin on March 26, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

On knowing when his work is done:

"I get very attached to everything I do but there comes a moment where I don’t look at it anymore, because I don’t like anything anymore. And when I really don’t like anything, I understand it’s my mechanism to move forward. When you do something and they start putting a style number on it and the colour has a code and the dress is not the red dress but dress number 776 you know that your role is done and now you have to let go. Those dresses are like my daughters and if you love them you have to let them go and live with other women."

 

On speaking from the heart:

"I’m adding the word 'fun' because in history, the jesters and clowns are usually the only ones telling the truth. And I wanted to touch some areas that can be politically incorrect, but are very important to me, and I wanted to do it with storytelling."

"I wanted to inject a little bit of optimism into our boring lives. I’ve been watching Netflix and CNN—I’m not watching Fox, I’ll tell you that. Oh lala I’ll probably get in trouble. It’s so difficult for me to be politically correct!"

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: Alber Elbaz greats the crowd during the Lanvin show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 on October 1, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: Alber Elbaz greats the crowd during the Lanvin show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 on October 1, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

On staying grounded:

"My mom always said I should be big in my work and small and humble in my life. I want my company to be simple and humble and approachable. "

 

On social media:

"We’re living too much in a world of likes and not enough love, for ourselves."

 

On why he designs:

"The two words that are most important to me is purpose and hope. I want to design clothes that have a purpose. I want them to be solution-driven to solve problems women are dealing with and make fashion that works for everyone."

"My biggest dream is to be able to make a dress that hugs you."

"That’s why I want this to sell out, and not because I work on commission. It’s so I will know that more dresses are hugging women around the world, and there’s nothing we need more than a hug right now.”

“I’m almost like a theatre actor—for them, without an audience, the words don’t come. For me without women, I’m nobody, just like a dress with no one wearing it is meaningless."

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