Designers to pay tribute to Alber Elbaz at biggest fashion show of 2021


In 2021, the fashion industry loses one of its greatest designers: Lanvin Creative Director Alber Elbaz. The Israeli fashion designer, who died in April, was scheduled to present its new fashion brand, AZ Factory, during Paris Fashion Week 2021. However, due to his passing, AZ Factory will now host a fashion show called Love Brings Love on October 5th. As a tribute to the designer, the show will feature 44 fashion houses and designers who will create a piece inspired by Elbaz’s design heritage. The list of designers paying homage to Elbaz ranges from a mix of established luxury brands like Gucci and Valentino to emerging designers like Thebe Magugu.

The show will be broadcast live on Tuesday, October 5 at 8 p.m. CET on and will also be on the brand’s YouTube and Instagram. The concept of the show will be inspired by the Théâtre de la Mode, a Parisian exhibition from 1945 which brought together more than 60 French couturiers as a means of creative expression and solidarity in difficult times. Elbaz was particularly fascinated by this uplifting story and dreamed that AZ Factory would evolve into its own modernized iteration. The mission behind her new brand, according to a press release, was to focus on “developing solutions for the women of our time” through must-have pieces like t-shirts, everyday accessories and knitwear.

When it came to naming his personal brand, Elbaz chose to change the original name from AZ Fashion to AZ Factory. (He wanted to pay tribute to all the factories in the fashion industry that offered their facilities to produce face masks and hand sanitizers.) Yet Elbaz had a prolific career before founding AZ Factory, when he worked for many fashion houses, including Lanvin.


Elbaz addressed the cutout dress trend in their Spring / Summer 2015 collection.Victor Boyko / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images


Lanvin’s Fall / Winter 2011 collection was filled with colorful mini dresses and jeweled necklaces that Elbaz loved.Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images


In Lanvin’s Spring / Summer 2005 collection, Elbaz created delicate and feminine pieces adorned with intricate embroidery.Jean Baptiste Lacroix / WireImage / Getty Images

From 1996 to 1998, he worked for the French house Guy Laroche at the head of its ready-to-wear collections. He was creative director of Yves Saint Laurent from 1998 to 2001, when Gucci bought the company. The same year, he joined Lanvin as Creative Director and remained there for 14 years. Some of Elbaz’s iconic design elements for Lanvin were luxury jewelry, lavish embroidery, tulle, and silk.

While there he also collaborated with other brands like Acne Studios and H&M to bring new ideas. In 2008, for Acne Studios, he worked on a denim collection called Blue Collection to create a line of quality pieces made from the finest Italian and Japanese denims. In 2010, he designed for H&M and launched the trend for tulle skirts and jewelry necklaces. If you haven’t already deduced all of this – the designer had a Major impact on the fashion industry.

You can find the full list of the 44 designers, as well as the fashion houses, participating in the tribute show, below. It will be a memorable experience to see how they incorporate the iconic styles of Elbaz into their own clothing in order to honor his heritage. Also, be sure to follow this article, as it will be updated with more information once the show launches.

Alaïa – Pieter Mulier

Alexander McQueen – Sarah Burton

Balenciaga – Demna Gvasalia

Balmain – Olivier Rousteing

Bottega Veneta – Daniel Lee

Burberry – Riccardo Tisci

Casablanca – Charaf Tajer

Chloe – Gabriela Hearst

Christian Dior – Maria Grazia Chiuri

Christopher John Rogers – Christopher John Rogers

Comme des Garçons – Rei Kawakubo

Dries Van Noten – Dries Van Noten

Fendi – Kim Jones

Giambattista Valli – Giambattista Valli

Giorgio Armani – Giorgio Armani

Givenchy – Matthew Williams

Gucci – Alessandro Michele

Guo Pei – Guo Pei

Hermès – Nadège Vanhée-Cybulski

Iris Van Herpen in collaboration with Adobe – Iris Van Herpen

Jean Paul Gaultier – Jean Paul Gaultier

Lanvin – Bruno Sialelli

Loewe – Jonathan Anderson

Louis Vuitton – Nicolas Ghesquière

Off white – Virgil Abloh

Raf Simons – Raf Simons

Ralph Lauren – Ralph Lauren

Rick Owens – Rick Owens

Rosie Assoulin – Rosie Assoulin

Sacai – Chitose Abe

Saint Laurent – Anthony Vaccarello

Schiaparelli – Daniel Roseberry

Simone Rocha – Simone Rocha

Stella McCartney – Stella McCartney

Thebe Magugu – Thebe Magugu

Thom Browne – Thom Browne

Tomo Koizumi – Tomo Koizumi

Valentino – Pierpaolo Piccioli

Versace – Donatella Versace

Clothing – Guram Gvasalia

Viktor & Rolf – Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren

Vivienne Westwood – Vivienne Westwood & Andreas Kronthaler

Wales Bonner – Grace Wales Bonner

Y / Project – Glenn Martens


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