Another Guy Laroche Pattern by Alber Elbaz?

November 4, 2015 § 6 Comments

Detail of Vogue 2368 by Guy Laroche, possibly by Alber Elbaz

Last week the fashion world was shocked by the news that Alber Elbaz had been dismissed as creative director of Lanvin. (See British Vogue or Bridget Foley for WWD.)

Before his positions at Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Alber Elbaz designed four seasons for Guy Laroche. (Fall 1997 to Spring 1999; see my earlier post here.) The recent news got me thinking about a Guy Laroche pattern that could also be by Elbaz.

Vogue 2368 is so rare that I didn’t see it in time for my first post. It’s a simple, formal design: a sleeveless dress with a big flower at the tucked, asymmetrical neckline:

1990s Guy Laroche cocktail or evening dress pattern by Alber Elbaz? - Vogue 2368

Vogue 2368 by Guy Laroche (1999) Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

Technical drawing for Vogue 2368 by Guy Laroche

Technical drawing for Vogue 2368

Here’s the envelope description: Semi-fitted, straight, lined, sleeveless dress, below mid-knee or evening length, has neckline tucks, side zipper and back hemline slit. Purchased flower. Recommended fabrics are silk-like crepe, lightweight wool crepe, and satin-backed crepe.

Vogue 2368 was released in late 1999—earlier than Vogue 2497, a design from Elbaz’ Spring 1999 farewell collection for Laroche. It doesn’t match any of the runway looks from Elbaz’ four Laroche collections, but the palette, neckline detail, and especially the flower (an Elbaz signature at Laroche and Lanvin) seem persuasive. What do you think?

15 Oct 1998 --- GUY LAROCHE: SPRING-SUMMER 1999 PRET A PORTER COLLECTION --- Image by © Thierry Orban/Sygma/Corbis

Guy Laroche SS 1999 © Thierry Orban/Sygma/Corbis.

Men's Lanvin flower pin in red wool felt

Lanvin flower pin. Image via LuisaViaRoma.

Men's Lanvin flower pin in fabric and leather

Lanvin flower pin. Image via Mr Porter.

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§ 6 Responses to Another Guy Laroche Pattern by Alber Elbaz?

  • Eddi Frantz says:

    I saw a showing of Elbaz’s collection for Guy Laroche at a department store when I was in New York back in the 90’s and was BLOWN AWAY! The whole collection had wit, spirit and something extra I hadn’t seen in years… Back then, he was a relative unknown and one could see he would become the star he has become since.

  • I agree with your supposition. Regardless, it’s a beautiful dress, with timeless appeal.

  • fabrickated says:

    I thought at first the flower was integral to the dress and it really appealed. Then I saw it was attached and I was less enthusiastic. But it seems like good detective work to me.

  • I had a flower pin like that long ago – it was probably a “knock off”. I did love it though. I have been checking out various styles and designs to get ideas for “Designin’ December” and I have found many many Guy Laroche designs that I LOVE! The vintage designs are still relevant too.

  • felicia says:

    I like the dress a lot, though I’d take it without the flower

  • Pamela says:

    I bought this pattern when it came out because it reminded me of some of the asymmetric necklines Halston did. It would be pretty with a brooch, as well. It is such a simple, yet appealing design.

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