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Alber Elbaz Is Leaving Lanvin

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Alber Elbaz

The creative director has been with the French fashion house for 14 years.

Alber Elbaz is parting ways with Lanvin after spending 14 years at the Paris fashion house, a rep from Lanvin confirmed to Pret-a-Reporter.

Lanvin issued the following statement:

Today the House of LANVIN has ended its collaboration with Alber Elbaz.

We would like to thank him for the chapter he has written in the House’s over 125 year history. The House of LANVIN confirms the implementation of its corporate strategic plan to continue making the oldest of the Parisian fashion houses, the Ambassador of French luxury’s excellence, in the independent spirit of its founder Jeanne Lanvin.

WWD first reported the news Wednesday morning, noting that members from his design team were notified about his exit this morning. 

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According to the trade's sources, there were disagreements between Elbaz, owner Shaw-Lan Wang and CEO Michele Huiban. Sources also said the Israeli designer has already cleaned out his office.

The announcement comes less than a week after Raf Simons stepped down from Christian Dior after a short three-year tenure, further driving the idea that fashion's most creative geniuses are getting burned out by the fast-paced industry.

Elbaz himself most recently expressed his frustrations with fashion at FGI's Night of the Stars Gala, where he said in his speech:

"Then we became creative directors, so we have to create, but mostly direct. And now we have to become image-makers, making sure it looks good in the pictures. The screen has to scream, baby — that's the rule. And loudness is the new thing. Loudness is the new cool, and not only in fashion. I prefer whispering. I think it goes deeper and lasts longer."

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Elbaz, who presented his photo exhibit called "Alber Elbaz/Lanvin: Manifeste" during Paris Fashion Week, was listed as one of The Hollywood Reporter's Top 25 Red Carpet Designers of 2015. He recalled Emma Stone's big-bowed jumpsuit at the Golden Globes as one of his favorite red-carpet moments, saying, "It was still very respectful with embroidery and a big sash — and more relevant for women today than the cliché siren gown."

Stone was just one of his many famous fans; Pharrell, Jared Leto, Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain and Allison Williams, among many others, wore his statement-making creations on the carpet.

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"Everything affects business today. We're living in a time where everything is about making noise, being everywhere all the time. I know it is important if someone is wearing your dress, your shoes and jewelry. If you're hot, they buy you, and if they buy you, the company is doing well," Elbaz said to THR of the business between celebrity and fashion. "The question is how to make it more personal. By loving the actresses and respecting them, it makes it all the more easy for me."

2:00 p.m., Oct. 28: Updated with a statement from Lanvin.

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