Alber Elbaz acknowledges the audience at the end of the Lanvin 2015 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show. Patrick Kovarik/AFP via Getty Images.
Alber Elbaz, the widely beloved designer best known for his star turn leading couture house Lanvin, was buried in Israel Wednesday following his weekend death in Paris aged 59 from Covid-19, according to an AFP report.
The funeral was held in Holon, where Elbaz was raised after immigrating to Israel as a child from Morocco, and attended by hundreds of family members, friends and Israeli fashion industry leaders.
In his eulogy, Elbaz’s partner, Alex Koo, said the designer left Israel “with a suitcase and full of dreams, hopes, and your raw and intuitive talent.”
“More than any other contemporary designer, Alber listened and didn’t dictate to women how to dress,” Lea Peretz, a senior lecturer of fashion design at Israel’s Shenkar College and Elbaz’s long-time friend, said in her eulogy.
“He didn’t try to design us, he didn’t try to change us, not to turn us into fantasies, but to the contrary – to see the complexity and the needs [of] a contemporary woman’s life,” she said.