The anticipatedÂ game of musical chairs could be about toÂ begin in the fashion world following the news that Lanvin’s creative director, Alber Elbaz, has exited the French fashion house ending his 14-year tenure. Elbaz, who many credit for reviving LanvinÂ and catapulting the houseÂ into the spotlight, has not elaborated on the reasons behind his decision, however insiders believe the departure comes following disagreements between Elbaz and Lanvin’s principals: majority owner Shaw-Lan Wang and CEOÂ MichĂ¨le Huiban.
While Lanvin are yet to issue a statement on Elbaz’s exit, the designer released the following statement:Â “At this time of my departure from Lanvin on the decision of the company’s majority shareholder, I wish to express my gratitude and warm thoughts to all those who have worked with me passionately on the revival of Lanvin over the last 14 years; express my affection to all my wonderful colleagues in the Lanvin ateliers who accompanied me, and who enriched and supported my work. Together, we have met the creative challenge presented by Lanvin and have restored its radiance and returned it to its rightful position among Franceâ€™s absolute luxury fashion houses.”
Elbaz’s departure from LanvinÂ comes less than a week after Dior announcedÂ Raf Simons resignation, sparking speculationÂ in the fashion worldÂ that Elbaz could be headed for Dior. Elbaz was rumoured to have met with Dior back in 2011Â in the wake ofÂ John Galliano’s dismissal from the house following his antiSemiticÂ outbreaks at a Paris cafe.