OMG, Alber Elbaz Is Moving to the Upper West Side!

Guess which one is Alber?

Our fashion cred here on the Upper West Side just got a major boost: Alber Elbaz, the genius and congenial designer behind French label Lanvin, just purchased a pied-a-terre at the Apthorp.  According to the New York Times, (via Racked)  Elbaz bought a one  bedroom pad which was originally listed at $6.2 million. It’s almost 2,400 square feet, which is quite a spread for a one bedroom apartment. (How big is that bedroom, for heaven’s sake?)

Elbaz moved to NYC from Israel in the mid-80s and has had rentals here, though his main residence is in France because of his gig with Lanvin. He’s supposedly a very sweet guy—and how can you not like someone who has  a penchant for floppy bow ties? I think he’ll be a lovely addition to the Upper West Side. And with those three fashion editors  who live up here and New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, we are finally fashion heavy-hitters, right? RIGHT?

The finale of Lanvin's Fall 2011 show. Not minimalist.

I’d like to go off on a bit of a tangent here and respectfully take issue with one word in the NYT article  that was used to describe Elbaz’s designs: “Mr. Elbaz, a darling of the fashion press who has been widely praised for his colorful, minimalist cocktail dresses…” Lanvin is not minimalist. The label is known for ruffles, draping,  asymmetry, and over-sized sleeves. Occasionally the designs are simpler, but in that case they’re usually rendered in some sort of rich fabric.

Lanvin is not cheap, which is probably why Alber can afford a $6 million apartment. For example, this dress is $3,665. Last year he did a lower-priced line for H&M and it sold out in about three seconds. I was lucky enough to get a Lanvin x H&M dress, but it’s a size too small. Do you think if I run it down to him he’d be willing to take it out a bit for me?

Anyway. If Alber and the editors start a book club or power-walking group up here, I’d like to request an invite.


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