Remembering Alber Elbaz, Visionary Designer, Generous Spirit, and Friend to All

Alber’s thoughts perhaps reflected his roiling disagreements with Mrs. Wang over the future direction for the brand that he had so powerfully reinvented. In 2015, soon after Alber received his Superstar award, his 14-year association with Lanvin came to a shockingly abrupt end. There was stupefaction in the fashion industry when he wasn’t snapped up by another powerful brand, but perhaps a wounded Alber was biding his time.

He collaborated on a fragrance with Frederic Malle; Alber wanted to replicate “the smell or perfume of a dress.” When I met with him to discuss it Alber had just returned from his legion d’honneur ceremony: his second, in fact he was getting an “upgrade” (he was now an Officier de la Legion D’Honneur).

“I’m taking the time,” Alber explained when I asked him his thoughts about reentering the fashion fray, “I’m really thinking about what it is that I want to

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Mariano Puig, who grew his family business into a fashion powerhouse, dies at 93

Mr. Puig grew up atop the company’s offices and factory, in a six-story building in the Eixample district where a noisy dumbwaiter carried packages to the street and large tanks of alcohol sat in the basement. After visiting the vats in his youth, going downstairs with his father to learn the science behind perfume, he earned a chemical engineering degree and began working full time for the family business.

Decades later, he admitted that he never had a good nose for fragrances. Instead he possessed a talent for cutting deals that transformed Puig, the company that bears his family’s name, into a fashion and fragrance powerhouse. Jetting around the world with a suitcase filled with soaps and perfumes, he negotiated licensing arrangements and acquisitions with top designers such as Paco Rabanne and Carolina Herrera.

Mr. Puig, who was only 29 when he took the reins of

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Mariano Puig, Scion of a Spanish Fashion House, Dies at 93

MADRID — Mariano Puig, who helped transform his family-owned Spanish perfume maker into an international fashion house that encompasses the brands Paco Rabanne, Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera and Jean Paul Gaultier, died on April 13 in Barcelona. He was 93.

Puig, the company that bears the family name, confirmed the death.

As a member of the second generation to run the company, Mr. Puig significantly expanded its presence overseas, particularly in the 1960s, when Puig opened offices in the United States and struck an alliance with Mr. Rabanne, a Spanish fashion designer whose celebrity status in Paris gave Puig better access to the French market.

Puig eventually took over Paco Rabanne and other major brands. One of Mr. Puig’s five children, Marc Puig, is the current chairman and chief executive of the company, which was founded by Mariano Puig’s father, Antonio, in 1914.

Puig had revenues of about €2

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15 best Mother’s Day gifts to treat the queen in your life

There's something in our varied selection for every mum, no matter how fussy she may be (The Independent/iStock)

There’s something in our varied selection for every mum, no matter how fussy she may be (The Independent/iStock)

Although it’s important to show appreciation for the most important woman in your life throughout the year, Mother’s Day is a great excuse to treat her to something she’ll love, whether it’s your actual mum, your gran or that special matriarch in you life.

This year it falls on 22 March, so mark your calendars and start shopping.

Whether you’re after a small gesture or something a bit more extravagant, it’s hard to sift through the overly-sentimental gifts designed exclusively for the event that often hold little meaning.

Luckily we’ve done the hard work for you with our roundup of gifts she will genuinely love and use.

You won’t find any mugs or teddy bears with “Happy Mother’s Day” plastered over it here. Instead expect everything from art prints and hanging planters

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