How one fashion icon is using Instagram to make a major comeback

After leaving Lanvin, revered designer has red-carpet clients following him on social media.

Designer Alber Elbaz having some fun with actress Nicole Kidman. Designer Alber Elbaz having some fun with actress Nicole Kidman. Designer Alber Elbaz having some fun with actress Nicole Kidman. (Photo: Getty Images: Dimitrios Kambouris)

Since Alber Elbaz’s departure from Parisian fashion house Lanvin, the beloved fashion designer’s next move has been highly anticipated. Rumors were swirling that he’d take the helm at Christian Dior. But not so secretly, the fashion world is coming out in droves sharing hopes that the Israeli native will decide to start his own line.

"It was always his own vision,” Ralph Toledano told The New York Times. “At Lanvin, what he did was Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. At Guy Laroche, it was Alber Elbaz for Guy Laroche. Now he should just do Alber Elbaz.”

Elbaz is keeping himself busy traveling the world and rubbing elbows with the Hollywood elite, which he's been documenting on Instagram. Known for his trademark warmth and humility, the designer and Instagrammer has been attaching “#AlberandAmigos” to his posts. He recently posted a selfie with the queen of the selfie herself, Kim Kardashian, and snapped another photo that same evening with Kardashian, her husband Kanye West and Carine Roitfeld, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris. Elbaz posted a photo with international pop star Lady Gaga at the Fashion Los Angeles Awards and another with Kevin Systrom, the founder of Instagram, at a private dinner party in Silicon Valley. Elbaz shared a photo of himself with friend Demi Moore and even posted a photo of fashion icon Iris Apfel kissing him on the forehead.

Not only did Elbaz reinvent the Lanvin brand – one of the world’s oldest fashion houses – he had his own legion of loyal red-carpet clients, among them Cate Blanchett, Beyoncé, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep and Emma Stone. Streep’s adoration for Elbaz was on display at the Fashion Group International Awards this past fall where she presented the designer with the biggest honor of the evening: The 2015 Superstar Award. “Alber’s dresses for Lanvin are the only ones that when I wear them, I feel like myself, or even a better version of her,” said Streep, wearing a custom Lanvin gown in ivory. “He just makes me feel lovely.”

Meryl Streep and Alber Elbaz at an event in 2015 in New York City.Meryl Streep and Alber Elbaz at an event in 2015 in New York City. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

The graduate of the Shenkar School of Design in Israel is bringing his celebrity supporters with him on his journey. And while he’s remained mum about his next move, Elbaz’s Instagram has been filled with post after post of the designer spending time with his celebrity friends and supporters; an indication he’s quietly plotting his next move with precision. (Perhaps chief fashion designer of Instagram?)

The designer joined Instagram after his last show at Lanvin in November 2015 to stay connected to his supporters and to tell the world that he isn’t going anywhere. “These past two weeks made me realize how many amazing friends and supporters I have,” Elbaz said in his first post. “Instagram is a beautiful way to communicate and share love. I love you all back. I am now on #Instagram!”

Whatever Elbaz does next, his amigos will surely shower him with love.

Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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