Israeli designer Alber Elbaz dies at 59 of COVID-19

Alber Elbaz, the Israeli fashion designer whose audacious billowing designs transformed the storied French house Lanvin into an industry darling before his shock ouster in 2015, has died aged 59, the Richemont luxury group says.

“It was with shock and enormous sadness that I heard of Alber’s sudden passing,” Richemont chairman Johann Rupert says in a statement.

Hebrew media reports say he died of COVID-19.

In this file photo taken on October 03, 2016 Israeli-US fashion designer Alber Elbaz delivers a speech after he received the title of Officer in the National Order of Merit by French Culture minister at the Culture ministry in Paris on October 3, 2016. (CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
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