Trading Places


There has been a display of tag pertaining to creative positions in the fashion world. Designers are being resigned leaving from one fashion house to another. Last week we have learned Belgian Designer Raf Simons has left Jil Sander being speculated to design for Dior while Jil Sander’s own will be returning to her named brand (recently finished the final collaboration collection with Uniqlo).

According to WWD (Womens Wear Daily), Stefano Pilati will be resigning from Yves St Laurent after presenting his final collection next month. The rumored replacement has been told will be Hedi Slimane.  however, there is some form of shock to actually see good ole Stefano no longer being at the Parisian fashion house. Its almost like hearing Alber Elbaz leaving Lanvin or Phoebe Philo leaving Celine. This is fashion madness!! This speculation will be lead all of fashionistas on the edge of our seats for whose going where.

In my opinion, I would love to see Raf Simons being placed at YSL. Due to his success with Jil Sander, there is nothing he can do wrong anywhere! Clearly he would give a fresh take on the label. Of course there is not a doubt in my mind for Slimane to do the same. Being from a 7 year hiatus from fashion to focus more on photography, the expectations will be significantly increase!

The main concern is the chemistry from their former design team. Naturally we all know about the designers; however, we have no clue about the individuals who contributed towards the collections! There is no way only one person could make an entire collection in that particular by themselves in such timely manner. A connection as such does not happen overnight. Designers being tossed left to right like rag dogs has to be stressful as well for their design team while we on the outside view it as if it’s, “The young and the Restless”. We shall see what else gonna said in 2012.

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Alber Elbaz for Dior???


There has been hella speculation that Lanvin’s designer Alber Elbaz will be leaving them for Parisian fashion house, Dior. With John Galliano out of the picture, this is going to be some talk if this is really confirmed. Ironically once I heard about the speculation about Hedi Slimane and Stefano Pilati, the thought of Lanvin trying to maintain the leash on Elbaz (no pun intended). After all Elbaz has performed remarkable collections (also the viral collaboration for H&M in 2010), which make this label to be one of the best out there!! If he does leave there will be the equivalent to Tom Ford leaving Gucci.

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Hedi Slimane for YSL and Stefano Pilati for Armani


As of right now, there is a rumor (a source) Hedi Slimane will be working for the Parisian fashion house, Yves Saint Laurent. Being a fan of both, this is clearly beyond a win-win situation!

Slimane is widely know for his innovation regards to fashion (working  7 years with Dior and 3 years prior with YSL) and a dope ass photographer. This man is the jack of all trades. What he may bring to the table to this fashion house will display a case of unfathomable gratitude for all fashionistas; therefore, I will be impatiently waiting on the campaign ads once they launch!

So what is going to happen to Stefano Pilati? There is some speculation he will be going to be at Giorgio Armani. Now mind you this is a RUMOR so I am not totally sure. However this will be great if this comes into fruition. Come to think of it, I can be more than assure Lanvin will seek to extend Alber Elbaz‘s contract.

Also a fellow former employee for Yves Saint Laurent, His asset to Lanvin is equivalent to Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton or Tom Ford was at Gucci. Once again this is only a rumor at the moment!