Alber Elbaz’s passing this spring touched many within the style business, from the fashions, editors and friends that knew him to the tens of millions of others he reached by way of his work. He formed a technology of creatives, impressed by his power, his optimism and his dedication to creating folks really feel their greatest — the vary of which was clear on Tuesday night.
Over 40 designers from throughout the globe got here collectively to pay tribute to Elbaz, closing out Paris Style Week with a runway assortment impressed by the designer’s legacy. In accordance to a press launch, the present was modeled after Théâtre de la Mode — “a 1945 Parisian exhibition which introduced collectively over sixty French couturiers as a good looking expression of creativity, status and solidarity within the wake of World Conflict II,” which Elbaz had hoped to recreate some day.
Members from main design homes (Balenciaga, YSL, Versace) and rising labels (Christopher John Rogers, Thebe Magugu, Tomo Kuzumi) alike had been tasked with creating an authentic piece that referenced Elbaz’s work — or Elbaz himself. Some took this actually, weaving within the designer’s likeness into graphic illustrations, screen-printed portraits or bow particulars; others referenced particular appears from his intensive, storied portfolio, reimagining them by way of their very own lens.
“We needed to discover a strategy to rejoice Alber’s spirit,” Alex Koo, Elbaz’s longtime companion, advised Vogue‘s Hamish Bowles. “It is beautiful to see how each designer revealed a different aspect of Alber. It really was a labor of love.”
Elbaz’s team at AZ Factory, the Richemont-backed brand he debuted only months before his passing, then unveiled its Spring 2022 line, also a tribute to their boss — a particularly emotional moment, as the designer’s touch was felt throughout. Amber Valletta closed the show wearing a coat that, according to Vogue, was “cut from the same pattern as the one his team had originally created for him,” with the designer’s signature tilt-bow. If you had managed to hold back tears up to now, this moment was probably what finally broke you.
“Talents celebrating talent is a remarkable tribute to the man we all loved so much,” Laurent Malecaze, CEO of AZ Factory, said, in a statement. “We are very humbled by the extraordinary support from all those who participated in the making of the show, and to all those who were able to join us for this historic night.”
See the full Alber Elbaz tribute and AZ Factory Spring 2022 show in the gallery, below.