#1250 Alber Elbaz on the problem with time

Alber Elbaz and Suzy Menkes

“When I go out sometimes to this kind of fashion event and I see other designers, I see that one of them has a pain in the back and the other one has a migraine and the third one is exhausted, because we are going through this process that is endless. And I think that today editors are feeling the same way, because they have to travel the world season after season and just see and write the reviews in a taxi where they don’t have the time to think about it. Whatever you see today is maybe not what you really feel tomorrow. You just have to see and shoot… And I do feel there is this kind of extreme fatigue that everyone is talking about and there is a need for a change.”

He’s right – it’s amazing how you can get caught up in the pressure of the spectacle and the exhaustion and the deadline and write something, then read it the next day, and go, ‘What was I thinking?’


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  1. says

    Hey Isaac,

    Totally agree with Alber’s observations for both designers and editors/journo’s.

    But realistically how do we change this? For designers, the cycle of seasons will never change nor the demand for complementary ‘seasonal’ garments thus the paradox of design and production will continue.

    It’s a bit of a conundrum for designers I believe, though for writers/ed’s/journo’s I think with this monster called the internet and social networking changes are already occuring and will continue.

    What do you think?

    Melody @ DesignerDirection

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