The Changing of the Fashion Guard

Fresh Dracula

There has been major turnover at luxury labels recently, with new designers taking charge at Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Dior. But with brand DNA (and financial bottom lines) often outweighing a designer’s hand, Patricia Morrisroe asks: Does it matter who makes the clothes?

In 2004, when Tom Ford left Gucci, it was the fashion world’s Brexit. Vogue’s Anna Wintour predicted a “catastrophe.” Others were equally shocked. Ford was then the biggest star in fashion. If he couldn’t reach an agreement with the brand he’d turned into a commercial and critical hit, what hope did anyone else have? As it turns out, not much. In the past 20 months, creative directo...