It's a weird time in the fashion industry at the moment. People are getting new jobs left right and centre. Even more people are quitting current jobs. Other people are debating who's going to fill other people's jobs. Of course being the fashion industry nothing gets confirmed until the last possible second.
So Laure de Sade left See by Chloe after just over a year at the brand. Quite a short time to leave a thriving company without any obvious next step, and See by Chloe hasn't commented yet. An interesting one...
Ivana Omazic, of 'pre-Phoebe Philo at Celine' fame has moved to Maison Martin Margiela.
Nicolas Ghesquiere (obviously) left Balenciaga, which brings us to Christopher Kane's rapid departure from Versus, a sort of young diffusion line for Versace.I'm not a personal fan of Versus clothing, and I don't believe Kane needs that platform any more, after all, he has a successful eponymous label, but isn't it all such a coincidence.
I would love Christopher Kane to take the helm at Balenciaga, to refresh the leather and the hard edges (don't get me wrong, I love both) but it is all so Balmain? Balenciaga? What's what?! Just like Dior and Chanel, Balenciaga is a brand with real history and depth and an iconic archive, which I would love to see referenced a little more. I think Christopher Kane can do it. He has the knack of balancing sheer femininity with a touch of grunge, modernising traditional fabrics and introducing unexpected colour palettes.
Other names in the running as are Joseph Altuzarra, Alexander Wang and Bouchra Jarrar.
And then there is the opening for Creative Director at Schiaparelli. In case you don't know who or what Schiaparelli is, I suggest you research her. One of my favourite designers of times gone by and an absolutely incredible influence on the industry as we know it.
I'll do a post on her soon.
As much I love Schiaparelli, I hope the brands 'comeback' doesn't make a mockery of her name. Apparently Erdem is in the running for Creative Director, but I just can't see that happening...Galliano was another name bandied around. We'll see. The brands owner, Diego Della Valle, says we would have known by September - they seem to be having difficulty filling the post...
Let's all cross out fingers for the right decisions to be made.