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Alber Elbaz speaks at Mike Figgis's Deloitte Ignite at the Royal Opera House

Lanvin’s illustrious Alber Elbaz takes to the stage tomorrow as part of this year’s Deloitte Ignite Festival. As he takes a break from his duties at one of fashion’s most admired-houses, what should we expect?

Sat 3rd September 2011, 12:00pm – Sun 4th September 2011, 10:30pm

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Written by Miranda Williams

Category: Art

This weekend the contemporary arts festival, Deloitte Ignite, returns for its fourth run and this year it is curated by the British film-maker and composer, Mike Figgis. It is Mike’s job to invite a selection of names from the worlds of art, fashion and music, to give talks on a particular theme – and for this year he has selected the theme of Truth.

For followers of fashion, there is a lot of buzz around one speaker in particular – Alber Elbaz of Lanvin, the man whose self-proclaimed mission is to make clothes that make women feel gorgeous and comfortable. Alber is widely celebrated for catapulting the label to new heights, with wearable and extremely covetable designs. After growing up in Israel with an artistic mother and father, he went on to become the creative director at Guy Laroche, before a fatefully short stint at YSL. It was in 2001 that he took over at Lanvin, the job that firmly established him as fashion’s leading man. Alber just get’s it right. With an appreciation and understanding of the female form, and ability to create clothes in luxurious fabrics, that flow from the body but fit beautifully where they need to, he isn’t easily challenged.

So what will Alber bestow on our eager ears about Truth from his dizzying position in the realm of fashion? Topics perhaps he has touched on before - the female body, the shelf life of vintage fashions, or the importance of commercialism? Whatever he chooses to discuss, it will be good, and one talk not to be missed. Personally I’m looking forward to catching a rare glimpse of the man himself, and that infamous dinner jacket. This is definitely an occasion to dress up for.

Alber’s talk is scheduled to take place on Saturday 3rd September at 6pm, at the Royal Opera House. It is free, but pre-booked tickets are a must. He will be joined by other speakers such as curatorial master, Hans Ulrich Obrist, design critic Alice Rawsthorn and artist Peter Blake.

Deloitte Ignite goes on all weekend. For more information on other events check the ROH website.