A memorable quote from Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz

We must allow ourselves to be. That’s the most important thing for me – to let people know that they can be whoever they want to be, that that the era of fashion dictatorship is over. It’s irrelevant, it’s not of the moment, and it’s not cool – and I hate that word, cool.

After I was fired from YSL in 2001, I decided I was only going to do things I like and things I enjoy – and only with people I love. I want to produce things; I want to design them; I want to make people beautiful. I always say to the people I work with: “You don’t have to sell anything – just help women to look beautiful. Trust me, they will buy, but don’t sell, don’t push.”

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