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“I remember a woman telling me that every time she wore a Lanvin dress, men wanted to sleep with her.” Alber Elbaz is a modern romantic who found his perfect match in Lanvin, the Parisian house where he has been artistic director since 2001. His signature designs for the label – pleated silk dresses, satin ribbon details and costume jewellery – are now the most sought-after in fashion, making his switch-back route to success all the more surprising. In 1984, with just $800 to his name, Alber left his hometown of Tel-Aviv and set off for New York City to become a designer. He went on to assist renowned couturier Geoffrey Beene for seven years before being snapped up by Guy Laroche, where he remained as head of ready to wear for almost three years. In 1998 he was appointed artistic director for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, effectively taking over design duties from Yves himself. During his time at YSL, Alber attracted a much younger clientele – Chloe Sevigny wore one of his dresses to the Oscars. However in 2000, the Gucci Group took over the label and Alber left to travel the world, returning to French fashion via Lanvin in 2001. Under his creative direction, Lanvin has re-established itself as the benchmark for Parisian sophistication and now includes a jewellery, handbag and shoe collection. Alber is one of the most popular and loved designers in the industry, and in 2012 he celebrated 10 years at Lanvin by treating his adoring guests to an unforgettable rendition of Que Sera Sera.


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