Alber Elbaz has become the leader of the fashion pack not by shock or trick, but by quietly creating the clothes that women want. His classical style has not only propelled the venerable house of Lanvin to the forefront, but also won the shy designer standing ovations. Stephanie Seymour Brant, a Lanvin collector, interviews Elbaz and wears his vintage pieces, while models sport the next season on the streets of Paris.
The genius of the drape, the grandmaster of material, the poet of the silhouette. Only God knows a woman’s body better. But above all, he is the freest of spirits, a creator who answers only to his genius. Azzedine Alaïa is the last true couturier. Stephanie Seymour Brant talked to her mentor and adopted father about his African origins, his days with Dior, dressing Garbo, conquering New York, and paying supermodels with one-of-a-kind dresses