Well, Paris Fashion Week ends today, and unfortunately with it went a couple of designers. At least firings always necessitate hirings — let’s take a look at fashion’s most recent shuffle.
1. Yves Saint Laurent let go of Stefano Pilati after eight years as creative director. The designer may have had the occasional mixed review, but during his last year of tenure with the brand, YSL’s sales went up by 31%. And way more important, at the end of his final show over the weekend, he elicited a standing ovation from the audience. He even had Anna Wintour on her feet.
2. So, who’s replacing Pilati? That would be Hedi Slimane, who was actually the house’s men’s wear director for four years, until 2000. In between the two stints at YSL, Slimane designed at Christian Dior and then devoted himself to a full-time photography career.
3. Raf Simons, meanwhile, was even more mysteriously let go from Jil Sander. Simons was with the brand for seven years, and was by all accounts well-received by critics and customers alike. Like Pilati, Simons’ final bow was met with a standing ovation from the crowd.
4. One of the only possible reasons to dump Simons from the label is his replacement — none other than Jil Sander herself. (She recently parted ways with Uniqlo.) However, Sander herself parted ways with her namesake label — twice! — in 2000 and 2003, after the label was bought by Prada Group. She and CEO Patrizio Bertelli cited insurmountable differences for the split. (The label is now owned by a Japanese company, Onward Holdings.)
5. Okay, this bit of news is still in the rumor stage, but some think that after stalled negotiations, Marc Jacobs will indeed be heading to Christian Dior. That said, we’ll believe when we see it. For now, the line remains temporarily helmed by Bill Gaytten.