The Designer Game of Musical Chairs

- - Fashion Education

We have seen Marc Jacobs’ last collection for Louis Vuitton and just days ago, we were introduced to Jeremy Scott’s first collection for Moschino.  As designers play musical chairs at the helm of famed design houses, sometimes I am left humming Rihanna’s Please Don’t Stop the Music, just so I have enough time to learn how to pronounce Ghesquière.  As we prepare to see Nicolas Ghesquière’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton in Paris this week, I have prepared a little cheat sheet for you in order to keep your designers and their current houses in order.

Hedi Slimane  Saint Laurent Photo:

Hedi Slimane
Saint Laurent

First house in our game of musical chairs is Saint Laurent, formerly known as Yves Saint Laurent.  When the music stopped for Stefano Pilati in March of 2012, Hedi Slimane took over as head designer.  Where is Pilati composing today?  He is at the helm of Ermenegildo Zegna and as creative director of Agnona.

Raf Simons Christian Dior Photo:

Raf Simons
Christian Dior

Next up, the house of Christian Dior.  Long time head designer, John Galliano, was released from the house of Dior in 2011 and following a short transition period, was replaced by Raf Simons in 2012.  Galliano continues to try to get back in tune with the fashion industry after the scandal which caused his release from Dior.

Alexander Wang Balenciaga Photo:

Alexander Wang

 In 2013, Alexander Wang took over for Nicolas Ghesquière at the helm of Balenciaga.   However, it would not be long before Ghesquière found his next seat in this fashionable game of musical chairs.

Nicolas Ghesquière Louis Vuitton Photo:

Nicolas Ghesquière
Louis Vuitton

A fashion industry musical rest was heard around the world last September when Marc Jacobs announced he was showing his final collection (Spring 2014) for Louis Vuitton.  However, Nicolas Ghesquière will play his first movement of the Vuitton symphony in just days when he shows his debut collection at Paris Fashion Week.  We look forward to your thoughts – let us know if you think Ghesquière has found the perfect seat with Louis Vuitton  in the comments section below.

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.