Its not just us who are on tenterhooks and ridiculously excited for the mega Paris Fashion Week that is about to unfold across the Channel. Designers who have been at the top of the high fashion game for years are just as psyched to see the collections of Raf Simons for Christian Dior and Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent, respectively.
Karl Lagerfeld adores the drama. He told WWD; I think it will be an exciting season in Paris. It is needed! he declared. Its stimulating and both [Simons and Slimane] are people I like a lot with a lot of talent.
Industry insiders, like Ron Frasch, of Saks Inc.s in New York believe the double debuts at Saint Laurent and Dior will have an effect on the other highest placed fashion houses; Everyones going to be looking not to be outshone, he said. Youre talking about super-competitive designers. Believe me, theyre going to want to up their game.
Dior and YSL are keeping details about their shows under wraps. Dior confirmed its show would be in a structure it is erecting at Place Vauban, at the foot of the gold-domed chapel at Invalides. Sources said Saint Laurents is likely to be held at Grand Palais, but a spokeswoman said she could not confirm the location.
And its not just the two new designers who are under pressure to perform in the coming week apparently model agencies are dealing with minor headaches since competition for models is intense, with some designers booking top walkers for four to five hours before their shows. No designer wants to be told they cant have the girls they want, said one source. Slimane is also said to have lined up a pack of new faces who will walk exclusively for Saint Laurent Paris.
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