When Alber Elbaz died in April, fashion lost not only one of its most celebrated designers but one of its best cheerleaders. Elbaz was a glue between designers, retailers, and fans, often appearing in the front rows of other brands’ shows and offering words of wisdom to anyone who crossed his path. His runway shows, too, were some of the most fun, with good music, snacks, and revelry replacing the froideur that can permeate other events. At Paris Fashion Week this September, Elbaz’s label AZ Factory will commemorate his spirit with a runway show in his honor called “Love Brings Love.”
Scheduled as the closing event of the week, with an 8 p.m. slot on October 5, the show will see 40 designers from around the world come together and “pay tribute to Alber’s creative vision and his extraordinary love for the fashion family” by creating new looks inspired by Elbaz’s vision. The designer names have not yet been announced, but a outside sources are whispering about Nicolas Ghesquière, Rick Owens, Ralph Lauren, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christion Dior, Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga, and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino taking part, alongside more of the industry’s greatest talents.
“We are so moved and humbled that today’s best creative minds are joining the AZ Factory team in paying tribute to Alber’s memory. The show will be a powerful expression of love and a beautiful celebration for our dear Alber. We know that he would have been incredibly honored to be remembered in this way,” said Laurent Malecaze, the CEO of AZ Factory.
Considering the many lives and hearts Elbaz touched in the industry, you can expect it will be a well-attended and emotional event. What is certain is that there won’t be a dry eye in the building. That, and there will probably be some delicious treats…as Elbaz always said: “If it’s not edible, it’s not food. If it’s not wearable, it’s not fashion.
From Vogue US