Our love affair with Lanvin's Alber Elbaz is well-documented. He feeds starving fashion folk at his shows – where did you get those chocolate-covered cherries at Paris Fashion Week? – he designs clothes that are to die for and he still doesn't realise how great he is. When he came to open his London store earlier this year he was fretting about the fittings and forgetting how fabulous it was to be, well, opening a shop in these current climates. So allow us to indulge ourselves again and pay homage to the man whose made silk, velvet and grosgrain bow ties oh-so chic....
On women: ‘The highest compliment a woman can receive is, "My God, she looks smart!" not "She's sexy".'
On ordering fruit salad for breakfast: ‘Should we be good today or bad? Maybe we start good and get bad later.'
On what it would be like to be thin: ‘Amazing!'
On the 'It' bag: ‘There is nothing scarier than being "the designer of the moment", because the moment ends.'
On having children: ‘If I had a kid, I'd have to live in a penthouse of the hospital... Every time he sneezed I'd want him checked. But I like everything about hospitals... Even the food.'
On the death of his mother: ‘It was the worst... Oh! And I was, like, so close to her. She was the one person who could make me really crazy in a split second, and make me relax in a split second. It was a very difficult time.'
Well, if you ever need a hug Alber, you know where to come looking... [Guardian]