Famous Israeli-French fashion designer dies from Covid. The world of fashion mourned a talented designer with a a checkered history in a highly competitive international field. Alber Elbaz was an Israeli fashion designer. He was the creative director of Lanvin in Paris from 2001 until 2015, after having done stints at a number of other fashion houses, including Geoffrey Beene, Guy Laroche, and Yves Saint Laurent. He founded the Richemont-backed label AZ Factory in 2019.