Alber Elbaz ousted from Lanvin

Alber Elbaz, creative director of top fashion house Lanvin, has been let go.

According to reports, Elbaz said that his departure from the company–the oldest surviving French fashion house–was “on the decision of the company’s majority shareholder.”

The famed Israeli designer did not give a name, but reports are saying that this is Shaw-Lan Wang, Taiwanese publishing magnate who recruited him.

“I wish to express my gratitude and warm thoughts to all those who have worked with me passionately on the revival of Lanvin over the last 14 years; express my affection to all my wonderful colleagues in the Lanvin ateliers who accompanied me, and who enriched and supported my work,” Elbaz said in a statement.

“Together, we have met the creative challenge presented by Lanvin and have restored its radiance and returned it to its rightful position among France’s absolute luxury fashion houses,” he added.

Read the full statement via Harpers Bazaar here.

Elbaz did not elaborate further on what happened, but sources say that it could be for the disagreements between him and the company principals Wang and chief executive officer Michele Huiban.

Lanvin released a brief statement saying that the company “would like to thank him for the chapter he has written.”
Elbaz had been with Lanvin since 2001. According to The New York Times, “he single-handedly revived the brand, making it a favorite of regular women and celebrities like Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman, in the process becoming one of fashion’s most beloved figures.”

This announcement comes less than one week after Raf Simmons stepped down from Dior, where he worked as creative director for three and a half years.