Designer Alber Elbaz dead at 59

Born in Morocco and raised and educated in Israel, the designer moved to New York in the mid-Eighties.
Designer Alber Elbaz dead at 59

We are MIME are saddened by the death of fashion designer Alber Elbaz. After his work as head designer of Yves Saint Laurent and his 14-stint at Lanvin -- where he made the fashions of the once sleepy maison cool celebrity must-haves -- the designer launched his own AZ Factory, backed by Richemont. It was in fact Richemont to confirm his death, from Covid-19, in a Paris hospital.

“You made us dream, you made us think, and now you fly,” AZ Factory wrote on its website. “Love, trust and respect, always. ❤️ Alber, We Love you Forever.”

For fragrance lovers, Elbaz collaborated with Frédéric Malle on the iconic perfume Superstitious. Talking about their joint venture Malle wrote on his website, "Alber resists a world that seeks to impose categories rather than free us from them. He considers intuition to be an inexhaustible source of freedom in the face of hyper-order, and beauty to lie in the irrational and the inexplicable."

Alber Elbaz was 59 years old.

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