The renowned fashion designer has passed away at the age of 59 following a battle with coronavirus, only a few months after launching his own size-inclusive clothing line.
AceShowbiz -Celebrated fashion designer Alber Elbaz has died from Covid-19 at the age of 59.
The Moroccan-born Israeli star passed away in Paris, France on Saturday (24Apr21).
Johann Rupert, chairman for Richemont, the company behind Elbaz’s latest fashion label, AZ Factory, confirmed his “shock” loss in a statement to the New York Times.
“Alber had a richly deserved reputation as one of the industry’s brightest and most beloved figures,” Rupert said.
“I was always taken by his intelligence, sensitivity, generosity and unbridled creativity. He was a man of exceptional warmth and talent, and his singular vision, sense of beauty and empathy leave an indelible impression.”
Rupert added, “(Alber) will be greatly missed by all of us who had the good fortune to know him or work with him. On behalf of all of my colleagues at Richemont and AZ Factory, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.”
Elbaz got his career start working with Geoffrey Beene in New York before joining Guy Laroche in Paris in 1997.
He also worked at Yves Saint Laurent, but was most famed for his work at Lanvin, where he served as artistic director from 2001 until he was sensationally fired in 2015.
He was widely credited with rejuvenating the brand, switching its focus from menswear to womenswear with his elegant designs, winning celebrity fans in stars like Beyonce, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Kim Kardashian, and Meryl Streep, who wore one of his gold lame gowns at the 2012 Oscars, where she won gold for her role as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady“.
Elbaz was feted with France’s most prestigious award, the Legion of Honour, in 2016, and launched his most recent fashion label, the size-inclusive AZ Fashion, earlier this year (21).
Tributes began pouring in for Elbaz online as the news of his death broke on Sunday, with close friend and fellow designer Stella McCartney hailing him as “a light like no other in the world.”
“I will miss you sir very, very much. We all will,” she shared. “My love is being sent to your beloved family as they try to come to terms with such an immense loss. Thank you for making this world a better and brighter place… I love you. x.”
Another top fashion peer, Peter Dundas, remembered Elbaz as “such a talented designer and a great showman,” as Giambattista Valli added, “I will hug, kiss and love you forever, my dear friend….your beautiful mind and effortlessly cultivated attitude for life will be living forever in my soul. Bon Voyage Albert.”
And actress Lucy Liu mourned, “RIP dearest Alber – beautiful soul and artist. You always approached creativity and life with pure joy. I will never forget our time in Paris.”
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