Lanvin designer, Alber Elbaz
The rumor mill keeps spinning with whispers that Karl Lagerfeld has not renewed his contract with Chanel, Lagerfeld has been designing Chanel Haute Couture and Ready to Wear since 1983. Said to replace him is Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz. Both houses have denied that their designers are heading anywhere else, but it is certainly fun to speculate. Elbaz would be a logical choice, his take on feminine ease and mature glamour fit in with both Chanel’s heritage and the needs of their current clientele. Lanvin has become one the most covetable names in Paris under Elbaz’s guidance, it is safe to assume that his cache and output would be a great asset to Chanel.
Another contender for Karl’s successor is former Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane (this is pure speculation, mind you). His androgynous and contemporary aesthetic would be a radical but perfectly fitting update on the house. Slimane’s penchant for rock n’ roll could be just the kind of subversion needed to freshen the brand and recapture the same pull on youth culture that Chanel has enjoyed in spurts over the years. A disciple of YSL, Slimane is no stranger to his Chanel references and has mastered her austere modern femininity in his own way.
a selection of Slimane’s Chanel-esque designs for Dior Homme