COVID-19 Killed Fashion Designer Albert Elbaz

Moroccan-dressed Israeli fashion designer Albert Elbaz, who headed the Lanven fashion house for 14 years until 2015, has died at the age of 59.


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Albert Elbaz left, leaving us alone in front of his windows ….
Memory of this brilliant collaboration Arty with the artist Cesar Baldaccini exhibited in Lanvin windows in 2014. Lanvin decorates its always head-turning windows at the famed Faubourg Saint-Honoré address in Paris with Cesar artwork in celebration of his exhibitions at the Luxembourg & Dayan in New York scheduled from 1 November 2013 to 18 January 2014.

“I learned with great sadness about the sudden death of Albert … He was an extremely warm man, very talented, with an exceptional vision, his sense of beauty and empathy will leave an indelible mark,” said Johann Rupert, president of the luxury goods group. “Rishmon.”

The communique did not state the cause of Elbaz’s death. A spokeswoman for the company was quoted by the New York Times as saying that the designer had died of COVID-19.

Albert Elbaz, recognizable by his round silhouette, glasses and timeless bow tie, marked the world of fashion with his small cocktail dresses, often in black, preferred by Hollywood stars like Natalie Portman.

Born in Morocco, he began his career with American designer Jeffrey Bean before being hired by Guy LaRoche. In 1998 he became involved in Yves Saint Laurent’s pret-a-porter collection, and in 2001 he joined Lanven.

“When I’m done with a collection, I call the shops, not the Museum of Contemporary Art,” the designer told Liberation in 1998. At the helm of Lanven for 14 years, he managed to bring back the brilliance and success of the fashion house founded by Jean Lanven in 1889. Elbaz also created a special collection in 2010. for the Swedish giant H&M. In 2015, he was fired in a scandal by Lanven.
After a few years, he joined forces with the group “Rishmon” and created his own brand “AZ Factors“.