Creative directors have visions and stories that are difficult for the world to follow. They are the minds behind the exquisite designs and story-lines we have the opportunity to witness twice a year. Fashion influencers, editors and celebrities alike are in continuous awe of the exotic and sophisticated designs that float down the runway. These opinionated voices create headlines that allow audiences from around the world to get a glimpse into the minds of these visionaries.
Unlike other positions, these designers were chosen not only on experience but based on where they can take the label. High-fashion companies obviously need sales to stay in business; however, they thrive on the "hype" that surrounds their shows and who's in charge. When Raf Simons was selected to run the nostalgic Dior house, fashion insiders couldn't wait his first show during Paris Fashion Week. Critics couldn't wait to see the direction of Balenciaga with Alexander Wang at the helm. Even when Versace was murdered, the fashion world wondered if Donatella can maintain the Versace label by herself without her brother's selective eye.
More questions are raised since Angela Ahrendts made a huge career move and left Burberry for Apple. Christopher Bailey, Burberry's current creative director, was promoted to CEO in place of Ahrendts. He has the title of chief creative officer, and is in charge of design, advertising and stores. With the added responsibilities of running the business, many are holding off on sending their high praises to Bailey. Especially with the impending induction of Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton, fashion's elite is waiting for his paramount moment at the legendary house. Only time will tell, but until then here's a list of other notable head designer changes.
Calvin Klein --> Francisco Costa
Alexander McQueen--> Sara Burton: After the sudden suicide of famed designer Alexander McQueen, Sara Burton stepped up to continue the eponymous line and design Kate Middleton's wedding dress.
John Galliano--> Alexander McQueen--> Julien Macdonald --> Riccardo Tisci
John Galliano--> Bill Gaytten--> Raf Simons
Saint Laurent Paris (formerly Yves Saint Laurent)
Stefano Pilati--> Hedi Slimane
Valentino Garavani--> Marilu Tolo and Giancarlo Giammetti: For Valentino, the thought of him leaving was hard to accept; however, he found the perfect duo to continue the brand. Tolo and Giammetti redefined and added youthful elements to Valentino's elegant, sophisticated designs while maintaining an Italian influence.
Photo credit: Alexander Wang ending his show at NY Fashion Week 2013. He is also the creative force behind the designs at Balenciaga. www.style.com