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Who Went Where: A Refresher On The Changing Heads In Paris Fashion Week

The women's ready-to-wear shows have just wrapped up. Celebrities, editors, bloggers and influencers from all over the world have flocked to the fashion capital, to see the latest collections from the world's most revered fashion houses. Dior, Saint Laurent and Lanvin had been some of the most coveted invites, but who was running the show behind these iconic brands?

The fashion carousel is moving constantly and artistic directors have been playing musical chairs. Here at Metro.Style, we’re giving you a crash course on who went where in the fashion landscape.

 

Olivier Lapidus for Lanvin

 

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Since the departure of Alber Elbaz from Lanivin in 2015, the fashion house has been in turmoil with critics doubting the future of the 130-year old fashion house. There was a glimmer of hope when young designer Bouchra Jarar was appointed creative director in March 2016, but after only two collections, Jarar also left Lanvin explaining it was a "mutual decision" and that she will be concentrating on new projects. This season, Olivier Lapidus managed the helm of Lanvin after his appointment last year. Described as "e-couture" expert, Lapidus hopes to bring his experience as the former creative director of Balmain Homme (1985) into a fashion house that sorely needs a firm artistic direction.

 

Natacha Ramsay-Levi for Chloe

 

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The new creative director for Chloe won over critics when she presented her debut collection for Chloe last September 2017. The former right-hand woman of Nicolas Ghesquiere infused her rough, rock-and-roll aesthetic into the brand's iconic feminine silhouettes. This was her second season behind the curtain of Chloe and fashion insiders are expecting a successful follow up and a lasting collaboration with the brand.

 

Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent

 

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When Hedi Slimane announced that he was leaving Saint Laurent last 2016 the fashion world was in shock. Slimane's 7-year tenure as creative director (from 2000 to 2007) was hailed as revolutionary for the brand Yves Saint Laurent. The officials of the Kering group, owners of YSL, did not waste any time in announcing his replacement - none other than Anthony Vaccarello. Vaccarello had already made a name for himself as the man behind Versus/Versace and his eponymous line - always celebrating the feminine form with dresses that are slashed and cut in all the right places. His debut collection for Saint Laurent for Spring/Summer 2017 was one of the most talked about shows of the year, which brought together ‘It’ girls and supermodels in one show and was described by Vogue as a "redefinition of the Saint Laurent woman".

 

Hedi Slimane for Celine

 

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After 10 years as the creative director, Phoebe Philo announced her departure from Celine last December 2017. The Autumn/Winter 2018 collection, which she presented in Paris Fashion Week, was her last for the fashion house. It was unknown who would fill in her very capable shoes, up until last month in January, when LVMH announced that none other than Hedi Slimane will take over as the artistic, creative and image director of the fashion house. The reaction on the world wide web came like a hurricane! It was a mix of shock, joy and fear, with everyone and their mothers weighing in. Whether or not Slimane will destroy Philo's 10-year influence, or uplift Celine into a whole new era remains to be seen.