Our new Creative Directors in the Fashion Industry
BY YAILYA MARTINEZ Fashion is an always-changing industry. There are always new and exciting things happening. If one is not always on social media or up to date with the latest Vogue issues then it can be pretty hard to keep up with. Whether it is the latest trend or fad, collaborations, or the new IT person, fashion affects the environment and society’s behavior. Fashionista.com recently published an article discussing the trend of creative directors quitting after only three years. Creative directors quitting after such a short period of time makes it even hard for us to keep up with who is running the show at our favorite fashion houses. Therefore, here is a brief list of some of the newest creative directors in fashion.
No. 1 Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior
The French fashion house has been left without a creative director since Raf Simmons decided to part ways in October 2015. Sidney Toledano, Christian Dior’s president and chief executive officer recently announced that Maria Grazia Chiuri will be their new creative director. Maria Grazia Chiuri was formely the creative director of Valentino. She shared this title with her partner, Pierpaolo Piccioli, for eight years, and now he will run the show solo. Maria will also be the first female design head ever for Dior… #GirlPower ! Valentino’s Fall 2016 Couture show will be her last show at the Italian fashion house. Here’s a little bit of Maria’s background for all of you aspiring fashionistas who wish to have her job one day: Maria Grazia Chiuri graduated from Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome. She was an accessories designer at the beginning of her career for Fendi and Valentino. Valentino Garavni personally picked Maria and Piccioli to be the head of accessories for the Valentino brand when he was retiring in 2007. In just one short year, they took over as the creative directors for the entire brand.
No. 2 Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent
You know it’s a good day when a designer known for high slits becomes the new creative director of your favorite brand ever! The two loves of my life….high slits and Saint Laurent. Following Hedi Slimane’s departure, it was widely speculated who was going to take the reigns of the French fashion house. The president and CEO of YSL, Francesca Bellettini, announced that Anthony Vaccarello is officially the new creative director of Saint Laurent on April 2016. Anthony was previously the creative director of Versus Versace. He started off as a consultant and then became the creative director as of 2015! Can we say job promotion goals?! Aside from his role at Versus, Anthony has had his own designer brand since 2009. He embodies everything that I love such as low plunge necks, lace-up mini skirts, slits, corsets, back bearing ensembles, and black leather jackets. Anthony Vaccarello’s first collection for Saint Laurent will be SS 2017 which will be shown in October, during Paris Fashion Week.
No. 3 Bouchra Jarrar for Lanvin
More Girl Power Alert: Bouchra Jarrar was named the creative director of Lanvin as of March 2016. Lanvin was along the many fashion houses that was left without a creative director for some time after Albert Elbaz resigned in October. This resulted in a bit of a riot for Lanvin causing employees to go on strike and begin work related court proceedings, which will certainly be a challenge for Bouchra as she takes on the new role. Bouchra has 15 years of design experience under her belt working under Nicolas Ghesquière as a studio director at Balenciaga and at Christian Lacroix Couture. In 2010, she launched her own couture label which exemplifies women elegance and modernism. Her first collection for Lanvin as the official creative director will debut in SS 2017.
No. 4 Justin O’Shea for Brioni
This one is for all you fashionist-os out there… oh and ladies I’m sure you won’t be disappointed in this one! *inserts heart face emoji* The street-style darling Justin O’Shea has been appointed the new creative director of the Italian menswear house, Brioni. Justin will be filling in the shoes of Brendan Mullane who left Brioni after only three and a half years. His resume includes his notable title as the global fashion director of MyTheresa, a German based online retailer. Justin’s departure from his title was announced shortly after MyTheresa was obtained by Neiman Marcus Group in 2014. Overall, he does not have any real experience as a designer which is why this new role came to a surprise for everyone. However, his impeccable styling, abundant online fanbase, and his enriched knowledge of what sells can bring good results for Brioni, especially during these troubled times. According to WWD, Brioni was struggling with layoffs in early March, as well as a decrease in revenue and in demand from it’s wholesale partners. Justin O’Shea’s role has been effective as of April. I for one am excited to see what this hottie has in store for us!
There is definitely a trend in creative directors leaving after just a short period of time. As I mentioned before, it’s hard to keep up when there is constantly new people taking charge of our favorite brands. We have a lot to look forward to at the upcoming shows for fashion week. I will be sitting front row and center, taking the new ready-to-wear and couture collections all in….well can’t a girl dream?!
Until next time my dazzling Goddesses!