Alber Elbaz

Born: 1961

Occupation: Fashion designer

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Alber Elbaz

I think that the lack of intuition in fashion today is one of the most dangerous things. My fear is that our business is turning into a bag business, and it's all about the bag. But it's not only about...

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I like the dream, like fantasy dresses. Women can dream at 9 in the morning and at 10 o’clock at night, it doesn’t matter. I think it is also important for me to make it pragmatic and practical and...

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What we want is clothing we think we can fly in. That's why I opened the show with flying dresses.

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I was thinking recently, If the body really is the new dress, as some are saying - with women buying boobs, butts, faces - then who needs a dressmaker? So I started designing spring like a plastic surgeon...

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Making them feel gorgeous and comfortable is my way of making women's lives easier,

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Everybody's talking about the new democratic world and whether high fashion is relevant. But without high there is no low. I don't like to intellectualize. I've always said fashion is like roast chicken:...

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I do sport at the gym a few times a week, but I hate it. Work is my only remedy. I feel so twisted and horrible in the morning, but then I go to the office and I start feeling better. Work is my Tylenol....

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Yves Saint Laurent gave women power, Chanel liberated them and when I joined Lanvin, I thought 'what do I bring to women? One day, I received an SMS from a friend in New York - she was in a taxi on the...

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I created the peplum so you can eat in it. You can have a dessert, you can have another sandwich.

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Fashion is about having a fantasy.

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Everyone wants to be young and skinny. This is awful. Curves are marvelous. Wrinkles are hypnotizing. Why not just be happy with who you are?

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Some days I feel like a piano: kind of short, always in black & white, always expected to produce music.

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Fashion is not about buying a second skin. Fashion is about having a fantasy.

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If it’s not edible, it’s not food. If it’s not wearable, it’s not fashion.

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It was not the story of design or clothes, it was the fantasy of women that made me want to work in fashion,

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What is beautiful for you may not be beautiful to someone else. Or whatever is beautiful here may not be beautiful there and what is sometimes beautiful today is not necessarily beautiful tomorrow. Perhaps...

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H&M approached us to collaborate, and see if we could translate the dream we created at Lanvin to a wider audience, not just a dress for less. I have said in the past that I would never do a mass-market...

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I don’t take drugs because if I did I’d love them–I’d be a junkie. And because I’m Jewish, I’d probably be a dealer, too.

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There is nothing scarier than being ‘the designer of the moment,’ because the moment ends.

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I have a problem to do a collection that is a secondary line. I mean, you don’t want to be the stepsister. You want to be Cinderella. Show me one girl who wants to be the stepsister.

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After every show, I say to Hania [Destelle, a friend], ‘They hated it.’

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I don't like perfection - I think it's dangerous. There is nothing after perfection.

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Wear flats. You're short. It's much cooler not to pretend.

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Fashion is instinctive and sensual. Learn to love what you wear. It should feel like eating chocolates...wi thout the calories

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I'd rather be relevant than cool.

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I'm not going into the cool club. It's not my address.

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Style is the only thing you can't buy. It's not in a shopping bag, a label, or a price tag. It's something reflected from our soul to the outside world. An emotion.

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Pure, intense emotions. It's not about design. It's about feelings.

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I think that because I'm overweight, [my] fantasy was lightness. So I project my fantasy to the clothes, and now all I do is light, light clothes because it's the one thing I don't have. That is why I'm...

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Elegant is not what you wear, and it's not about how you wear it, but it's more about who you are.

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I think 'modesty' is a beautiful word today - and a beautiful attitude.

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Sometimes you don't really need armor to feel protected. Sometimes maybe you need just a chiffon dress to hug you.

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To be a fashion critic is easy because you just say, 'I love it, I hate it,' but life is more than love and hate.

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All I want is beautiful. I mean, I like grey hair, I love wrinkles. But this is me.

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At Yves Saint Laurent, I felt like the son-in-law - like I was part of the family, but not quite. When I was fired, I felt like the widow.

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Fashion doesn't look good only on models; it can look good on different people of different ages and different body shapes.

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Fashion is not always about what's new, it's also about what's good. And I think if you need to see what's good, you have to be there.

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For me, Lancome was more than just a brand. There was something very nostalgic about the name, about the whole story.

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For me, the sketching of dresses was about fantasy and dreams. In my little room at home, I felt that I was somewhere else. In Paris, for instance.

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How do you stand out as a fashion ad campaign? By using people off the street; it does generate buzz.

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I adore women, and the one thing I want to do more than anything is to see a transformation of personality when someone puts on one of my dresses.

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I always wear a dinner jacket. I never have this definition of what goes for the morning or the evening or what works for the weekend.

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I am always trying to put myself inside: Every dress I do, I think, 'If I were a woman, would I wear it?'

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I am not interested in perfection, and neither are the women who wear my clothes.

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I am very much a people person.

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I don't go out to parties because I'd look terrible in pictures. My escape is television - it's like meditation to me.

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I don't think that you can write music if you don't know how to play an instrument. You have to know the basics, then you can go forward.

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I don't think you can be a designer if you don't care.

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I love to see old women. I love wrinkles. I love gray hair.

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I love women. I get along with women more than men, and I have more women friends.

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I spend my time backstage at the Lanvin shows, and when I come out at the end, all I see are people's eyes.

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I think that if you want to pass emotion, you have to write a letter. Emotions do not pass in SMS or in e-mail.

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I was a fat child; I was asthmatic. No wonder I'm a hypochondriac.

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My dream is to be a doctor. I'm almost working in a laboratory, because I'm trying new techniques, new directions and fabrics, new weaving.

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Run away from laziness; work hard. Touch intuition and listen to the heart, not marketing directors. Dream.

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The problem with couture is not designers; it's what happens when the couturier will no longer be there.

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When I'm traveling the world, I don't ever look anymore at the geography - just enough to catch galleries and paintings.

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Why not touch things that we hate and turn them upside down and inside out?

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I certainly can't complain. I work six days a week, if not seven, and eighteen hours out of twenty-four - fortunately, with a great deal of pleasure. Why? Because I only do something if I want to do it;...

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Almost every collection I do has 200 different references. I don't have two of the same coat, two of the same dress. I have it in one color, in one fabric. I've tried to adapt the culture of couture, and...

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I always think, if I were an editor, and I was invited to a show, and I would have to wait for 45 minutes in the dark or in the cold or in the heat, maybe I would like to have a fresh drink or a piece...

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I barely finish one pre-collection before I must start on another. Sales start, but I am already elsewhere creatively. The men's show is being prepared, but we also need to think about accessories, perfumes...

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I want to know where is that committee in Switzerland that sits to decide what is in and what is out. I don't listen to the formula makers. I think maybe I have a selective hearing disorder.

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I work on fittings, mostly. You know, I sketch less and less in my work. I sketch for the show sometimes, but then it becomes more conceptual. But when I don't sketch, it becomes more pragmatic.

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I'm not a plastic surgeon, and I cannot change the DNA of a person, but when I see a woman try on my clothes and she feels beautiful, I know I am doing my job.

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The designers, photographers and models I work with, they are really hard-working people who are devoting their lives to fashion. They're kind of like nuns of fashion.

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Fashion is like a fruit, you couldn't eat it a day before and you can't eat it a day after; it's just about today

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If you change a woman’s look, you change her persona

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Fashion is not about before, it’s not about after, it’s about now

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I like first class, but I don't like first class people - I prefer the people in coach. I like fine restaurants, but prefer the taste of McDonalds. I like to be perfect, but I don't like perfection - I...

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