Fashion designer Alber Elbaz dies of Covid at 59

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alber elbaz dies lanvin saint laurent – Getty Images

The celebrated fashion designer Alber Elbaz has died at the age of 59.

Best known for his tenure at the helm of Lanvin from 2001 to 2015, Elbaz was a beloved figure in the fashion industry and this year launched a new label backed by Richemont, AZ Factory.

The designer died at a Paris hospital on Saturday, WWD reports. A Richemont spokesperson said the cause of death was Covid-19.

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Yves Saint Laurent alber elbaz lanvin fashion designer – Getty Images

In a statement confirming Elbaz’ death, Richemont founder and chairman Johann Rupert said: “I have lost not only a colleague but a beloved friend. Alber had a richly deserved reputation as one of the industry’s brightest and most beloved figures. I was always taken by his intelligence, sensitivity, generosity and unbridled creativity.

“He was a man of exceptional warmth and talent,

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Fashion designer and activist Maya Penn shares tips to be more eco-friendly

Environmental activist, fashion designer and animator Maya Penn has some easy tips for anyone looking to develop more sustainable habits in 2021.

Penn, 21, told Stay Tuned that she has “always been really passionate” about art and design. She started her first sustainable fashion line in 2008, at just 8 years old, and said that because of those early experiences she “always kind of grew up thinking” of the environment.

“Everything I do is kind of in the overlap between art and creativity and making a positive impact in the world and tackling social and environmental issues,” Penn said.

While she has focused on sustainability for most of her life, she said that Earth Day in 2021 feels more significant than it has in the past.

Maya Shea Penn at 13 working in her home studio. She founded her company, Maya’s Ideas 4 the Planet, when she was just 8
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L.A. designer elevates Native art, women through fashion

If art preserves the culture of the Apsáalooke people, then Apsáalooke women are the keepers of that culture, cultivating it to reflect the modern day.

Fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail grew up “riding horses and running in the fields and swimming in the river and being around [her] people” on the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation and Northern Cheyenne Indian reservations in southeastern Montana. She knows firsthand the importance of art — beadwork, textiles, quillwork — to sustaining Indigenous traditions, and in 2015 she turned that knowledge into her own brand: B.Yellowtail.

A year later, she created the B.Yellowtail Collective, made up of Native artists, to foster economic opportunities for their communities. Many of those artists and artisans are women — spanning across tribes and peoples — but all of them preserve their culture and move it forward through their medium of choice.

From left, JoRee LaFrance, KamiJo White Clay, Rustin Lane LaFrance and Nina Sanders model B.Yellowtail's Heritage Collection.

From left, JoRee LaFrance, KamiJo White Clay, Rustin Lane LaFrance

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