Blog: Fashion industry in transfer window

Petah Marian | 28 February 2012

The fashion world has entered its version of a football transfer window, with Stefano Plilati out at YSL and Raf Simons ending his run at Jil Sander.

And like the football world, the industry finds itelf abuzz with whispers over where Simonds, Pilati, and Pilati's rumoured replacement Hedi Slimane are set to land. And of course speculation continues about who will replace John Galliano at Dior, a post that is still vacant after more than a year.

In an article discussing the current round of musical chairs within the industry, the NYT's Suzy Menkes argues designers are being treated "like commodities, bought and dispensed with as the corporate house pleases".

"No grain of gossip is too small to grow into a mighty story," Menkes says.

"Designers in the past have fought with the "suits" and turned to alcohol and drugs. Why do things seem such a mega-drama today, ending any chance of a sad situation being resolved with dignity?"

Let's hope this transfer window closes soon, and that Dior finally appoints a new head so we can put this speculation to rest.


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