Ever wondered why Alber Elbaz sent models down the runway for Lanvin in flats this season? Let's just say it wasn't a deliberate decision. Yesterday, the designer told WWD that he was worried about the girls falling in the towering heels that he had planned.
“It was a nightmare,” he said. "We did the rehearsal, and all of a sudden I saw the girls couldn’t walk. I saw the agony in their faces. They were shaking; they looked like alcoholic girls.” So he decided to send them down the runway in flats from the commercial collection. “We bring everything [to the show site],” he told WWD. “Only 10 or 12 [of the models] said they could walk in the heels,” he continues. “But the ones that couldn’t were, like, 37 of them. I got very emotional — not that I got mad at them — but I got very emotional that they didn’t complain. You know what? Damn it with image. You can be stubborn and go after an image, but I’m not an image-maker; I’m a dressmaker. If you don’t feel good in something, you don’t look good with it.”
But Elbaz is alone in this decsision. According to The Cut, Miuccia Prada allegedly "liked it" when model after model fell in her S/S09 show, and Max Azria's response to the issue was, "I don't care!"