Alber Elbaz to launch womenswear

Alber Elbaz, the beloved French designer who was fired from Lanvin in 2015,
is thought to be launching womenswear under his own name.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph Elbaz stated he plans to launch
his own womenswear label, but questioned how to make it relevant in the era
of sneakers. He further iterated in the words of Yves Saint Laurent, “no
one needs a fancy dress until they have passed 30, so you have to approach
fashion in a different way. Maybe linking with tech.”

The revelation comes as Elbaz debuted a collaboration with Tod’s Factory
project to the press, a capsule range of loafers, sneakers, ballet pumps
and bags, which will launch online and in store on 15 July, with a second
drop scheduled for September.

This is Tod’s second collaboration with a designer, after a 20 piece
collection with Alessandro Dell’Acqua was unveiled last year.

Speaking with Vogue, Elbaz said “maybe shoes are the new cars—that’s how I
imagined this project. I also wanted to change the shoe’s sole without
changing the soul of Tod’s.”

The first drop released features a 450 euro chunky loafer in a crocodile
print and multi-coloured slip-ons. Called Happy Moments, Elbaz transformed
the Tod’s spirit with inventiveness, brightness and colour.

Photo courtesy of Tod’s


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