Since announcing Lanvin's collaboration with H&M a few months ago, Alber Elbaz has become a media darling for the French fashion house—and we're delighted to no end. We can't get enough of the droll, spectacled, bow tie-sporting Elbaz and his French-accented musings.
In this interview with Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune, it's hard to tell what's more amusing: Elbaz's anecdotes, or how his enormous bow tie rivals Menkes' signature pompadour. Still, at the core of what he says, we have a designer who cares deeply and thoughtfully about translating a story into designs that are intended to be worn—and loved—by women.
On his forthcoming collection with H&M, Elbaz announces that it wasn't an effort to be cool, or to modernize the Lanvin brand. Rather it was a means of making more woman feel like part of that upper-crust that comprises his usual customer. "Why not?" he says. "Because we all know what happened to Marie-Antoinette affter staying in that palace for too long,"
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