Alber Elbaz Makes a Happy Return

Aftab Javed

Aftab Javed
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The former Lanvin designer has a new collaboration with Tod’s. Fans like Emma Stone will be excited. But what’s next?

Tod's Happy Moments collection, a collaboration with Alber Elbaz.




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Tod's Happy Moments collection, a collaboration with Alber Elbaz.

Tod's Happy Moments collection, a collaboration with Alber Elbaz.
“I wanted to make people happy, and make myself happy, because I have not been very happy the last four years.”
So said Alber Elbaz, the prince who kissed awake the sleeping beauty of Lanvin only to be jilted at the altar 14 years later; poster child for the fickle, faithless side of fashion; a designer known as much for his self-deprecation as the graceful generosity of his clothes.
He was standing in the bowels of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris last week, hosting a peony-bedecked lunch for 100 editors and influencers during the couture shows. He was back!
Or was he? It’s complicated. Once burned by fashion these days, many times shy.
The lunch was held to introduce Mr. Elbaz’s new collaboration with Tod’s, a line of shoes and bags that is his most robust flirtation with product since he was fired in October 2015 after more than a decade with Lanvin — a tipping point that has come to symbolize the current culture of creative disposability.
 
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