Alber Elbaz in Interview

Mimi ON Sep 06, 2011 AT 10:05 am

Alber Elbaz

Alber Elbaz

Alber Elbaz, the designer currently behind the fashion house Lanvin, apparently doesn’t understand the fast pace of the fashion world as designers are put under too much pressure to create their collections and some of them can’t handle the stress.

Speaking the Royal Opera House’s Deloitte Ignite event, he said: “I don’t understand this marathon of fashion. Today, designers are expected to produce work that is bigger, better, faster and – these days – cheaper. A singer can quit once he or she has made ten great songs, a director can finish once he or she has made five amazing films, a writer just needs to write three great books. Now let’s look at designers – they produce six to eight shows a year, most designers have a 20-year-long career, so I need to create about 250 collections in that time. Not even Danielle Steel could write 250 books.

“You start to understand why some designers do strange things, why some designers talk to themselves, you have to find a way of dealing with it all.”

Despite having a very long and successful career, Alber says his greatest achievement was discovering one of his creations made a woman feel protected from her abusive husband.

He said: “Yves Saint Laurent gave women power, Chanel liberated them and when I joined Lanvin, I thought ‘What do I bring to women?’ One day, I received an SMS from a friend in New York – she was in a taxi on the way to court to face her arsehole ex-husband, and she said to me ‘Alber, I am wearing a Lanvin dress, and I feel so protected.’

That to me was the biggest compliment I ever received. To have a 500 gram piece of silk make her feel protected – that made me very happy indeed.”

We kind of love him a little bit… especially after seeing his latest campaign video recently where he dances to Pitt Bull.

Watch his interview below:


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