“Alber Elbaz is not just the genius designer for Maison Lanvin, he is also a part of the Barneys family,” said Simon Doonan recently. “We love him because he designs the chicest, most wantable clothes and accessories on the planet, but there is something else—we dig him because he is a great person.”
We couldn’t agree more. It is just this combination of talent, humor and forward-looking vision that encapsulates everything we at Barneys look for in both fashion and friendship.
And it’s thanks to these qualities that he has accomplished more in the past decade at Lanvin than many will in a lifetime. He was, after all, perfectly primed for the role, having cut his teeth with Geoffrey Beene, Guy Laroche, Yves Saint Laurent and Krizia before becoming Lanvin’s artistic director in 2001.
Since then, it has been quite a ride. Below, Elbaz pinpoints the turning points in his career at the legendary French fashion house, narrowing down a decade’s worth of achievements into ten defining moments. Roll out the red carpet; after all, it’s not everyday that one of the 100 most influential people in the world—according to Time Magazine—will lay out his storied past for you…
1. My first meeting with Madame Wang.
2. The dress embroidered with jewels that Kate Moss wore for the first time.
3. The CFDA Awards in 2005.
4. My first meeting with Irving Penn for a portrait in Vogue US.
5. Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2006.
6. The collaboration with H&M.
7. The Halloween Extravaganza party in New York to celebrate the opening of the Lanvin boutique on Madison Avenue.
8. The collaborations on the ad campaigns with Steven Meisel.
9. The book.
10. My 10 year anniversary at Lanvin.
Portrait of Alber Elbaz by Irving Penn courtesy of Vogue (published 2005); Image of Kate Moss courtesy of Fashion Telegraph Co. UK; All other images courtesy of Lanvin.