They are both 44 years old. Of slim, waifish build. Nervous disposition. Menswear designers. Children of the 90s who championed the fashion of the gritty streets rather than the gilded ateliers. Courtiers of quietude. Quiet revolutionaries.
Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane have the fashion world's eyes on them as they prepare to show their collections for two hallowed houses: Dior and Saint Laurent respectively.
Scroll on to see where the similarities between the two designers end and which celebrities are siding with whom for the greatest fashion face-off since fashion face-offs began.More
The first round of battle begins today on the Dior catwalk as Antwerp designer Raf Simons sends out his second collection for the house, after a brilliant Couture collection for the hallowed house in June.
The Dior camp is already gathered closely round him: graceful, elegant and preternaturally poised, his acolytes include Julianne Moore and Emma Watson.