So news hot off the press from Lancôme is that they are going to collaborate with Alber Elbaz. Here is a bit of the buzz from their press release:
Lancôme is delighted to announce an exceptional collaboration with one of the most highly-acclaimed names in fashion: Alber Elbaz.
More than any other designer, he has shown his ability to renew conceptions of femininity with a simultaneously quirky and couture style, creating a breed of luxury that is definitively contemporary. His approach is naturally in tune with Lancôme, a brand symbolic of joyful femininity.
“Alber Elbaz is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most influential fashion designers. But beyond that, he is also the most talented, explains Youcef S. Nabi, Lancôme President. His sense of luxury, his vision of femininity and that hint of audacity resonate perfectly with the new values of the Maison Lancôme. We are extremely proud and happy that, with us, he is set to channel his universe into the world of make-up for the very first time.”
So who is this legendary designer that they are so happy to be working with?
According to Wikipedia, Elbaz was born in June 12th 1961 Casablanca, Morocco. He immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of eight months and grew up in Holon.After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, he studied at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan.
In 1985, Elbaz moved to New York City and spent two years working for a manufacturer of mother-of-the-bride clothing. He then worked for Geoffrey Beene for seven years.
In 1997, Elbaz left Beene and, through retailer Dawn Mello, was hired by the firm of Guy Laroche. But, by the time of Elbaz’s arrival, the Laroche enterprise had become overly conservative and lackluster. Even so, Elbaz was able to update the collection and somewhat enhance the image of the firm, whose activities at the time included the management of 15 boutiques and 70 license agreements worldwide. However, he departed within a year, 1998, and began designing ready-to-wear women’s clothing for Yves Saint Laurent, because Saint-Laurent himself wished to withdraw from his hands-on design of prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear). In the position, Elbaz’s talent was recognized, and he was groomed to become the head designer of the house when Saint Laurent retired. This was not to happen, because the Gucci Group purchased YSL Rive Gauche, the ready-to-wear label, and, hence, Gucci design director Tom Ford dismissed Elbaz after three collections. Elbaz instead began working for Krizia in Italy and designed a well-received inaugural collection.
In October 2001, Elbaz was appointed artistic director of Lanvin in Paris. In August 2001, the company was purchased by investor group Harmonie S.A., led by Shaw-Lan Wang, a Taiwanese media magnate, who hired Elbaz. In 2006, he introduced new packaging for the fashion house. In 2012, Elbaz published a book of 3,000 photographs documenting the work of Lanvin.
It seems fitting that such a powehouse in the fashion industry would pair up with such an iconic make-up brand. The highly anticipated Lancôme x Alber Elbaz collection will be unveiled worldwide on June 15th 2013 and I for one cannot wait!
What do you guys think? Are you excited 🙂
Lots of love,