Following the couture shows in Paris, Dior announced that Maria Grazia Chiuri was taking the lead as artistic director of the women’s collections. Resignation, transfer and eviction have become more and more common since Galliano was fired in 2011. It has become apparent that brands identity, when iconic, go beyond than hiring a star designer.
Since October 2015, following Raf Simons Dior’s departure, Balenciaga separated from famed designer Alexander Wang, Lanvin from Albert Elbaz, Calvin Klein from Francisco Costa, Saint Laurent from Hedi Slimane. Berluti, Brioni, Canali, Cerruti, Costume National, Diane von Furstenberg, Dunhill, Ferragamo, Leonard, Smalto, Valentino, Zegna … all have appointed a new designer as well.
On 20 July, the American label Oscar de la Renta announced that Peter Copping was leaving after less than two years as the head designer. The same day, rumors immediately denied by the brand, insinuated that Nicolas Ghesquiere was leaving Louis Vuitton, despite his contract binding him to the fashion powerhouse until 2018. Rumors that were taken seriously given the poor results in Louis Vuitton ready to wear sales since Ghesquiere started in 2014. Berluti is rumored to be tapping Haider Ackermann which has not been confirmed yet.
A week later, Carven decided to let go Designer Barnabe Hardy. On August 2, Calvin Klein confirmed via his Instagram account that Raf Simons is taking over the artistic direction of all its multiple lines.
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