The interview/ Alber Elbaz

Do not try too hard to guess the color palette on the walls, it’s all things dark, and please do pay attention on the desk,because it’s Jeanne Lanvin’s original design. From the New York Times video series on designers in their offices, Alber Elbaz, creative director of Lanvin since 2001, explains what difference having an office makes in his working life and what he keeps in his Paris office closets. Although there is only one thing he brought with him in his creative lair. A photograph of an original Orthodox wedding he found in Tel Aviv. Here is the story behind it. Many years ago when I became the designer at Yves Saint Laurent, I called my mom and I told her. And she said, “Oh.” And I said, “Aren’t you happy?” And she said, “There is only one thing that will make me happy, and that is for you to get married.” So I bought this picture of the wedding and the bride, and the bride looks so miserable that every day I look at it when I come in and say, “Thank God I didn’t get married.” Read the rest of the rebellious Moroccan fashion visionaire’s interview here