Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fashion’s Game of Musical Chairs

Today I have an extra special treat for you all... Two amazing guest posts from Angelica over at Red-Soled Fashionista! These were supposed to be posted earlier in the week while I was on vacation but unfortunately I did not go. But I am a woman of my word, so without further adieu here is the first ever guest post on Rose & Pine...

These past two years have been a tumultuous time for fashion. Several high profile labels have bid adieu to their long-time creative directors, and designers seem to be playing a stylish game of musical chairs. Yet in the end, what is fashion if not constantly changing?  Here’s a look at some of the most discussed transitions and appointments:

Christian Dior
The talk around the state of Christian Dior has been ongoing ever since John Galliano’s dismissal in March 2011. After months of speculation, Raf Simons was finally appointed as the new creative director. Many will mourn the end of Galliano’s extravagant, theatrical presentations, but many will also welcome Simons’ minimalistic vision. Simons’ work has garnered immediate approval, and while it is taking me a bit longer to adjust to Dior’s new (but arguably more historically accurate) aesthetic, one cannot deny that change in fashion is always exhilarating.

Jil Sander
Raf Simons’ departure from Jil Sander was definitely the most bittersweet transition of the year. Simons has given Jil Sander an edge with his beautiful minimalism, and his success at the label has gained him a loyal following.  However, with Jil Sander herself taking over the label, there is not only an exciting sense of return to the label’s true roots, but of new possibilities. Sander’s work so far is serene and comforting – it’s like coming home. But worry not, Simons has himself found a new home at Christian Dior.

The most heartbreaking farewell for me this year was Nicholas Ghesquière from Balenciaga. Just as I finally learned to appreciate his ingenuity, the news came out that he was leaving. Ghesquière has kept up with the constantly changing times through astonishing technological innovation, and has admirably stayed true to the ingrained values of Cristóbal Balenciaga. Nonetheless, the announcement that Alexander Wang would be taking over was glorious, seeing as Wang has established himself as a great, young talent.  Although his first collection for Balenciaga proves that designing for a reputable couture house is hardly an easy feat, his valiant first attempt hints at future success.

Saint Laurent
Even though I had known Stefano Pilati to be a respected designer, I had never taken much notice to Yves Saint Laurent until Hedi Slimane occupied the helm. Shortly after being appointed, Slimane shortened the label’s name to “Saint Laurent” and gave it an infusion of youthful attitude. Is he making the right moves?  Personally, I am torn between liking the new wearable and approachable designs, and lamenting the loss of Yves Saint Laurent’s true essence. They say it “ain’t Laurent without Yves”, but ultimately, that’s up to you to decide.

Who can forget the absolute frenzy surrounding Lady Gaga’s runway debut at Mugler Fall/Winter 2011?  The eccentric pop star donned perilously high heels in support of designer, and dear friend, Nicola Formichetti. Yet, after only 2 years, Formichetti has parted ways with the Mugler label, and is taking up residence at Diesel. Thierry Mugler himself has been named the new creative advisor, a position which will assist Theirry Mugler SAS director general and Clarins Fragrance Group president, Joël Palix. This move will unite the ready-to-wear and fragrance departments under one management team and the results of this union have yet to be seen.

A million 'thank you's to Angelica! Expect another great post from her tomorrow, and do not forget to go follow her while you're at it.

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