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Job switching is the vogue these days

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Earlier, we reported that Jean-Paul Gaultier was leaving his post as artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear at WAG favourite, French high fashion house Hermès, with Lacoste creative director Christian Lemaire set to fill in his shoes.

And then the House of Emanuel Ungaro eventually realised that they should resuscitate themselves from the obvious flatline that their collaboration with Lindsay Lohan brought them to, hiring British designer Giles Deacon to make a complete 180 out of the humongous tactical error the French brand made a few seasons ago.

And then again, there’s the neverending rumour about Alber Elbaz succeeding Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. This needs to be confirmed already by the way, all this denying prolonging the speculation is not fun, and the story is getting almost as old as Uncle Karl himself.

Now, Alexander McQueen has announced Sarah Burton, the late designer’s second in command for 16 years, as its creative director. A Central Saint Martin’s graduate, 35-year-old Burton worked closely with the late designer, and has taken over all design responsibilities since the day of McQueen’s suicide in February, even overseeing the completion of his final collection in Paris.

“As a business, we remain absolutely committed to the Alexander McQueen company which has proved to have a strong customer loyalty and has shown to be a resilient brand in the aftermath of the tragic loss of its founder,” said Gucci Group CEO Robert Polet. Burton is expected to keep a low profile most certainly until after McQueen’s memorial, which is thought to be for September. From then on, anything goes.

It seems like job switching is the vogue these days. It’s good news; the economy must be picking up. However, the landscape of fashion is in for a world of change, we’re telling you. With Lemaire at its helm, Hermès is predicted to become more sporty and more commercial. Ungaro is going to do better without LiLo butchering everything. We don’t know what Sarah Burton would do, and how she’s going to replicate McQueen’s genius, but something is definitely going to change. And if and when Karl goes, Chanel as we young people know it will never be same.

With input from Stephanie Khouy // Photo courtesy of

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