Alber Elbaz, who died Saturday, created collections for a half-dozen fashion houses including his own, though it was a 14-year tenure at Lanvin that earned him a place among the Pantheon of great all-time designers.
The designer passed away in Paris at the age of 59. He had recently launched his own label, AZ Factory, in collaboration with Swiss-based luxury group Richemont, and previously led design at Lanvin from 2001 to 2015.
The house of Alaïa has chosen Pieter Mulier, the former longstanding right-hand man of Raf Simons, to be its creative director, taking on one of the most prestigious positions in international fashion.
One brand that appeared to be gathering momentum is the house of Alaïa, which profited from haute couture week in Paris to present its latest ideas, many mined very literally from the house's unique archives.
Pandemic or not, the ultimate expression of luxury in fashion, the Paris haute couture season, will debut digitally Monday with almost 30 houses vying for the attention of the world’s most expensively dressed women.
AZ Factory, the fashion house led by Alber Elbaz that is the most widely anticipated new brand in the industry, is planning a talk show as well as exclusives on Net-A-Porter and Farfetch as part of its launch next week.
The Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM), French fashion’s governing body, has released the show calendar for the next haute couture season in Paris, and despite the pandemic it’s going to be a busy week.
Alber Elbaz's AZ Factory, Charles de Vilmorin and Sterling Ruby are the three latest brands to be invited by France's Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show their collections from 25 to 28 January.