Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz Makes Light Clothes Because He’s Overweight

As part of his mission to be the world’s most loveable person, Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz wrote a piece for the WSJ’s Soapbox. He covered a wide variety of topics, like the difficult realities of working in the fashion industry, how he’s flattered when affordable fashion retailers like H&M knock him off and what goes through his head while designing (“So I have to ask: Is it comfortable? Can you enter a taxi? Can you have dessert if you wear that dress? And sometimes I have to be honest: “F— the dessert, get the dress!”).

While on the subject of how he has no enemies in fashion (if you’re against Alber, you’re clearly on the wrong side), he listed off all the designers he likes personally, because his heart is filled with sunlight:

Before shows we send each other little cards with congratulations; we send each other flowers. [how cute!] We’re kind of a crazy family, but still a family. There are many designers I really respect and love. I love Azzedine (Alaïa). I like Narciso (Rodriguez) and Marc (Jacobs) and Nicolas (Ghesquiére) from Balenciaga. The first collection Raf Simons did for Dior was gorgeous. I’m not jealous of people—I’m only jealous of people who can eat and not gain weight.

…Which leads him (eventually) to how his weight has influenced his aesthetic:

I think that because he [Geoffrey Beene] was overweight and I’m overweight, our fantasy was lightness. So we projected our fantasy to the clothes, and now all I do is light, light clothes because it’s the one thing I don’t have. That is why I’m too afraid to lose weight because then I might make heavy clothes. You are laughing, but I am not.

We guess that explains all those flowy caftans that have become more than a little synonymous with the house (especially that Olga Sherer campaign from seasons past). Also, we’re going to end as many sentences as we can with, “You are laughing, I am not,” from now on.

(WSJ, Photo via Wenn)

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    • Sam

      This is one of the first times I’ve ever loved any fashion designer in an interview ever.

    • Cate

      I want to give this guy a hug. He seems sweet.