Major names and labels will honour the late designer with a single interpretation of his work each in a tribute show to be live-streamed during Paris Fashion Week
The new entity that Alber Elbaz created before his death in April will organise a fashion event in honour of its founder. AZ Factory just announced on social media that the Love Brings Love fashion show, to be live-streamed on the brand’s website and Instagram, will feature designers from all over the world, totaling 44. It is not known if the organisers are aware that this number 4 in many parts of Asia is not considered auspicious. Probably not: four(!) designers will represent this continent: three from Japan—Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo, Sacai’s Chitose Abe, and Tomoki Koizumi—and one from China—Guo Pei.
Each participating designer will present a bespoke work inspired by the legacy left by Mr Elbaz, according to AZ Factory’s press advisory. The concept of the show is based on Théâtre de la Mode, a travelling French fashion exhibition that toured between 1945–1946, just after World War II. It was spearheaded by Robert Ricci, son of Nina Ricci, and featured the top Parisian couturiers of the day, about 60 of them, such as Ricci (of course), Balenciaga, Lanvin, and Balmain. The clothes were worn on mannequins 70-cm tall, approximately one-third the size of their human equivalent, and were created by artists such as Christian Bérard and Jean Cocteau.
It is not known how visually spectacular the AZ Factory show would be, or if dolls would be used, but Love Brings Love is now seen as the highlight event of Paris Fashion Week, just as the risible Fendace was. The show will be live-streamed on 5 October, 8pm CET, or 2am here on October 6. Staying up?
Photo: AZ Factory/Instagram