Our “Some Thoughts From” series – our series of aggregated thoughts from our favorite industry insiders, spanning some of the industry’s most notable designers, editors, models and other industry insiders, sharing their thoughts on anything and everything fashion. Up this week: Alber Elbaz, whose soigné, draped designs catapulted Lanvin to become a top Paris fashion house during his stellar 14-year tenure.
On fashion: “If it’s not edible, it’s not food. If it’s not wearable, it’s not fashion.”
On not wearing heels: “Wear flats. You’re short. It’s much cooler not to pretend.”
On modesty: “I think 'modesty' is a beautiful word today - and a beautiful attitude.”
On style: “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.”
On contradictions: “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 think it's dangerous. There is nothing after perfection. I know, I am a walking contradiction.”
On being cool: “I prefer being relevant to being cool, because if you’re cool, you’re also cold the next day. So it’s more about being relevant. The one thing that always scares me is to be like the Miss America of the moment, because next year there is a new Miss America.”
His advice for young designers: “Run away from laziness; work hard. Touch intuition and listen to the heart, not marketing directors.”
On hard work: "If you do a good job ... if you work with passion and compassion and you have experience, then you may become famous. But you're not working for being famous; you're working to do a good job and the end result is being a little bit known. When you're good and you are professional, don't be scared because nobody can erase you."