Thursday, 22 April 2010

Show Me The Inspirers

Yves Saint Laurent is gone, Hubert de Givenchy no longer designs for his namesake Couture House or ready-to-wear brand, and Alexander McQueen has left us.

I look around and I see so much new creative talent: Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab, Mark Fast, Louise Goldin - is it any coincidence they all emerged in London? - and yet I see very few great designers in between the established and avant-garde.

Who is left in charge, running the show until the next generation of aforementioned designers have been fully groomed to take over?

I feel like we are currently swimming in a sea of beautiful and desirable brands, but where are the inspirational GREATS, the revolutionary designers that will take us through to the next chapter in fashion's history?

Is it any wonder that the fashion industry feels obliged to continually relaunch old, previously ground-breaking Houses such as Vionnet? Which designer could influence the power-playing luxury groups to open a new House in their name? Clearly none.

Hence we find John Galliano at Dior, Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, Christophe Decarnin at Balmain, and now Phoebe Philo at Celine.

Who will define our generation's fashion and style? Who is the Yves Saint Laurent of our day?

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