Alber Elbaz was captivated by the story of the Theatre de la Mode, a 1945 Paris exhibition uniting sixty french couturiers underneath one roof. It was his dream to someday deliver collectively the trade in a contemporary Theatre de la Mode. On the final night time of Paris Style Week, the style trade gathered on the Le Carreau du Temple in Paris to witness Alber’s dream turn out to be a actuality in a present titled, Love Brings Love.
Though a farewell to the late couturier, who died of coronavirus final April at 59, Alber’s spirit could be very a lot alive by his legacy, mates, household, and eternally burning want to unite the trade. The occasion itself felt considerably of a long-overdue trend household reunion. Within the viewers, luxurious conglomerates Kering, Richmont, LVMH, and Puig leaders sat aspect by aspect. Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli embraced Naomi Campbell and chatted with Rick Owens and Michele Lamy. Glimpse to the opposite aspect of the venue, the First Girl of France, Brigitte Macron, smiled for photographs with Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Jean Paul Gaultier get snugged within the entrance row seats.
When what appeared like the worldwide trend trade started to take their seats, a voice crammed the room. It was the voice of Alber’s accomplice Alex Koo. “He touched the hearts of everybody he has met with humor and loads of generosity. He made us giggle. He made us cry. And he made us dream,” Koo passionately relayed to the group of a whole bunch. “His dream was to reunite the perfect skills of our trade to have a good time love, magnificence, and hope. And tonight, his dream turns into a actuality.” A video of a joyful Alber then performs cuing the beginning of the present — mannequin Adut Akech enters the middle stage carrying an AZ Manufacturing unit design to kick off the present.
She was adopted by 45 taking part designers, debuting one take care of one other. Amongst them, a surprising black silk Schiaparelli robe, a tribute to Alber’s use of black, his talent in bias, and the enjoyment of explosive quantity. “It is a creation that might not exist had I not been so impressed by Alber’s work in my college 12 months,” says Daniel Roseberry, artistic director of Schiaparelli. “Alber and I share a selected affinity for bijoux, his affect honored right here with a forged breastplate and outsized bijoux earrings.” Fuchsia was a big coloration all through the seems. “The colourful fuchsia coloration speaks to Aber’s persona: uplifting, vibrant, and joyful,” explains Donatella Versace relating to her costume that completely marries Alber’s signature model with Versace’s silhouette.
Earlier than the present got here to an in depth, 20 AZ Manufacturing unit designs, began by Alber and completed by his design staff, made a grand entrance. Feelings crammed the room as every mannequin took their place in entrance of the viewers. Supermodel and muse Amber Valletta channeled the late designer, imitating his joyous stroll costume in an outsized black coat (a signature). The coat gave the impression to be lined in every of Alber’s gorgeous designs. Valletta took a bow, closing the present. A spherical of applause, tears, smiles, and hugs filtered by the viewers in a standing ovation. The temper swiftly shifted to an uplifting and cheerful second when the backdrop got here down, exposing all 45+ fashions dancing to The O’Jays’ disco basic “Love Prepare” and papier-mâché hearts launched out of cannons on every finish of the room.
The viewers’s temper was evident within the stands and through cocktail hour, which continued manner into the night time. Forward, GRAZIA provides you a glance contained in the spectacular tribute present to Alber Elbaz that captivated the trade — the identical as Alber has all the time achieved in our lives.