Ok, so we all know Karl isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Earlier in the year, the most prolific fashion designer said he planned to â€œdie with his boots on and has also compared his role to fashion’s version of â€œdeath row. But if, and that’s a big if, Karl ever was to leave his design helm at Chanel, it seems Alber is a likely choice to take his place.
Following Lanvin’s Paris show, an unnamed top retailer said: â€œIt was almost like he was saying, ‘Look at what I can do’, reports Vogue UK. â€œHe has the ready-to-wear, the accessories, the personality, all the attention of the press… that larger-than-life-ness that is required to run a house like Chanel.
â€œKarl is Karl , even at 76, he is the most prolific designer in fashion. Who else works on his level? one magazine fashion director said. â€œBut this show was so good that it almost proved if anyone else can even think about doing Chanel, it’s Alber.
We wonder what Alber’s got to say about all this? Surely he’d only take the role if the people were â€œnice at Chanel. As creative director at Lanvin, he surprised us recently by stretching his design work to illustrate a book for Mika; that’s one we didn’t see coming.
Exciting as these rumours are, we don’t think Mr. Lagerfeld is going anywhere for a while.