Can You Imagine Alber Elbaz on the Beach?

LONDON - NOVEMBER 8: Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Lanvin, attends the cocktail reception of the International Herald Tribune Heritage Luxury Conference at the InterContinental Hotel on November 8, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for International Herald Tribune) *** Local Caption *** Alber Elbaz Photo: Samir Hussein/Getty Images

"I'm not afraid of the [fashion] system," the designer told the Independent. "I'm part of it. Sometimes the system helps you. Sometimes it chokes you. You know, if you send me on vacation, I'm clueless, I can't even climb from a dinghy to a yacht. Can you imagine me on the beach? Maybe if I was a skinny, handsome man my career would have been different. Maybe then I would have been more, like, 'Hellooo, look at my dresses'."