Alber Elbaz loves to point out that he designs not for editors but for women, the sentiment no less genuine for the fact that Elbaz has developed an editorial savvy as acute as anyone’s in the business. He just refuses to let it trump his primary message of total engagement in addressing the real-world concerns of busy sophisticated women (swoon-prone fashion editors among them) who yearn for adult chic that makes sense for their lives.


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