When Tilda Swinton and Chloë Sevigny have been nominated for his or her Oscars, each selected to put on designs by Alber Elbaz, the beloved designer who died this weekend on the age of 59 from Covid-19. For a sure section of the style world, which may simply say all of it, however Elbaz’s designs weren’t only for the cool ladies. Girls of all stripes merely cherished sporting his designs, particularly on the crimson carpet. First coming to consideration with a three-season stint at Yves Saint Laurent between 1998 and 2000, Elbaz’s greatest contribution was reviving the storied French home of Lanvin between 2001 and 2015. When Beyoncé shocked the world together with her first being pregnant reveal on the crimson carpet of the MTV VMAs, she selected to take action in an orange Lanvin robe. Emma Stone, too, was a serious fan of Elbaz’s Lanvin designs throughout her rise to stardom, sporting the label to 2 Golden Globes. Kim Kardashian attended her second Met Gala in Lanvin. Stars as different as Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Ellen Pompeo, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep (who wore Elbaz’s attire to the Oscars a number of occasions, together with when she gained for The Iron Girl) have been all repeat costumers. Maybe most tellingly, even stars who had official relationships with different main homes nonetheless discovered time to put on Elbaz’s work.
It’s not laborious to see why. Elbaz’s designs added simply sufficient glamour and drama to a costume with out the chance of sporting the wearer, or, maybe worse, coming off boring. They have been subtle, fascinating clothes that conveyed a singular standpoint with out overdoing it. It’s price noting that usually, they appeared fairly comfy, comparatively talking, too. In different phrases, they have been the platonic superb of what many have been in search of when it got here to crimson carpet dressing (his menswear work at Lanvin additionally attracted quite a few followers, together with Pharrell Williams).
Right here, a glance again at a few of Elbaz’s best crimson carpet moments—though, maybe, not an entire one. It’s actually laborious to underestimate simply how beloved his designs have been for crimson carpet events.