With spring come changes. And there are certainly a lot of changes in the world of fashion this spring. Is it just me or does it seem like a lot of the big fashion houses are doing a spring cleaning - and I don’t mean by changing up this years wardrobe. From Jil Sander to Dior; they are all getting out with the old and in with the new - designers that is.
After some indiscreet remarks, John Galliano was last year sacked from his position as creative director for Dior. Rumours were flying high and low on who was next in line at Dior, with names like Marc Jacobs and Riccardo Tisci in the loop. Finally, the word is out that Raf Simons will take over the position left by Galliano, announced by Dior on April 9th. Raf Simons left his post as creative director for Jil Sander this February.
At the same time, it is revealed that Yves Saint Laurent is replacing their head designer Stefano Pilati with some new blood. In March, it was announced that Hedi Slimane, known for his work at Dior Homme between 2000 and 2006, will be designing for YSL, whom he has previously worked with in the years 1997-2000.
YSL is not the only designer house who is trying their luck with someone from their past. Jil Sander has replaced their old with an even older. The founder herself just announced that she will once again be the designer for her own brand since her parting with the brand in 2004. Sander said about her return: “It feels very natural, even though it is like a miracle. My head is already there. I feel that things happen for a reason and open up new opportunities. Life is full of challenges and surprises”.
It is the year of changes and I am very eager to see how this all works out. Can there really be another Galliano at Dior? Will there be another big success as the colour-blocking trend led by Raf Simons at Jil Sander? To be continued…
By Hilde Falck - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.