AZ Factory will team up with more than 40 designers for a show honoring Alber Elbaz
The tribute planned for Alber Elbaz is shaping up to be one of the highlights of this season's Paris Fashion Week. And there's not a speech or an institutional commemoration in sight, just a runway presentation, which will close the French capital's fashion week on October 5. The show will unveil a collection designed by AZ Factory, the house launched by the designer just before his death, as well as a series of looks conceived by more than 40 designers, including young talents and established couture stars, all of whom will reinterpret the bold and innovative Elbaz style.
"We are going to celebrate Alber with this show, where, as well as the tribute collection made by his design studio, over 40 designers will participate, each making a look," explained the house to FashionNetwork.com, without providing further details about the show's location or about the other initiatives that should accompany the event.
Among the designers invited to take part in the show, entitled "Love Brings Love," a number of big names have apparently already agreed, including Dior's creative director of womenswear, Maria Grazia Chiuri; her counterpart at Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière; Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia; Rick Owens, and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who currently leads design at Valentino.
The whole luxury industry will therefore be coming together in order to commemorate Elbaz. Furthermore, the show will be put together by the designer's former collaborators, including Etienne Russo, founder of events company Villa Eugénie; makeup icon Pat McGrath; hairstylist Guido Palau; stylist Babeth Dijan, and DJ and musician Ariel Wizman.
AZ Factory, the "morpho-techno-democratic" couture brand launched by the famous designer in collaboration with Swiss luxury giant Richemont at the start of 2021, only just had the time to present a first collection during Paris Haute Couture Week in January before the death of its founder on April 24 due to complications linked to Covid-19.
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