#1148 Alber Elbaz rumoured to be replacing Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel

Photo: Grazia

There’s nothing I like better than a good scoop, and this one looks like it’s going to be the biggest fashion scoop in absolutely ages. Rumours are currently circulating that Alber Elbaz will leave Lanvin to replace Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. Where did they originate? On Twitter, but not in so many words. On March the 9th, a cryptic Tweet was sent out by Jak and Jil’s Tommy Ton, saying, “I received some news tonight that is going to SHAKE the fashion world in the next two days. CRAZY!!!!” That was six days ago, but so far, no earth-shaking news has been revealed.

Grazia is floating the Alber Elbaz-for-Chanel rumour, but at this stage it’s still just a rumour and we’re all sitting around, twiddling our thumbs, waiting for some kind of announcement to be made.

But here’s what I want to know:

If Alber Elbaz does go to Chanel, who will replace him at Lanvin? What will become of Lucas Ossendrijver and Lanvin menswear? Will Alber take him to Chanel to finally do a proper Chanel Homme collection? Will Baptiste Giabiconi fade into obscurity? Will Karl Lagerfeld retire completely from fashion? Will he keep photographing? Will Hedi Slimane pop up somewhere? Did Anna Wintour broker the deal? So many questions, so little time.

Just remember, I asked them here first.


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  1. Anonymous says

    Karl Lagerfeld has his own Karl Lagerfeld Menswear line and womenswear, sunglass line.. they are huge everywhere except in NZ.

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