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So Style for What: The Rockstar Designer

In this digital age, do you still care if your favorite luxury brands hire a Rockstar designer?

BY Eugene Lim | May 4, 2016 | Fashion

From Raf Simons leaving Christian Dior to Hedi Slimane leaving Saint Laurent, it would seem like the fashion world is in flux, and that the latest trend at the moment is not baggy trousers, souvenirs jackets or gender-bending styles, but rather the trend of Creative Directors playing a never ending game of musical chairs.

Which begs the question, does the hiring of a known name to anchor the position of creative director still have the similar impact as it once did?

In the left corner, you have Alessandro Michele of Gucci, a man who toiled in the shadows of Frida Giannini before setting the fashion world on fire with a critically-acclaimed collection that melds romantic sensibilities and 70s styling, with gender-blending silhouettes.

Not forgetting Demna Gvasalia, until recently a relative unknown outside the tight fashion cliques. And though you might be familiar with his work at Vetements and their deconstructed thousand dollar denim jeans, DHL t-shirts and sweaters with exaggerated  sleeves, this currrent favourite of street style stars was subsequently tabbed as the creative director at Balenciaga.

In the other corner, you have Hedi Slimane, who’s work during his time at Dior Homme made him legendary (if you can convince Karl Lagerfeld to lose weight to fit into one of your skinny suits, you're legendary) even before he took on the reins at Saint Laurent and rebuilt in his image, dropping the Yves from Yves Saint Laurent, uprooting the entire design studio from their traditional home in Paris to Los Angeles and in the process making the house a lot of money. 

So tell us, does the creative director of a fashion brand alter your perception of the label, and play a role in deciding whether or not to buy their clothes?