Moroccan born Designer dies from Covid19

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By Musa Semwanga and agencies

Amber Elbaz 59, who was known for his work at fashion house Lanvin from 2001 to 2015, died on Saturday in Paris, WWD reported. 

Lifestyle Fashion company Richemont on Sunday confirmed the death of the designer saying the former creative director at French fashion house Lanvin had died from COVID-19.

Since 2019 he had been working on a fashion joint venture with Richemont called AZ Factory, a company aimed at producing smart women’s fashion by blending traditional craftsmanship with technology.

Elbaz was born in Morocco and raised in Israel from the age of one. He launched his fashion career in 1985, working in New York with designer Geoffrey Beene.

In 1996 he became the design director at Guy Laroche in Paris, before joining Yves Saint Laurent as creative director of its ready-to-wear brand Rive Gauche.

In 2001, he joined Lanvin, where he earned critical and commercial success based on his principle of putting women first.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo described Elbaz’s death as a great sadness.

“Alber Elbaz was a talented, generous man, he loved Paris so much. He will be missed,” she wrote on Twitter.

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