Major Turn Over In Paris?

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To make up for the incredibly boring eight days that was New York Fashion Week, the rumors from Paris Fashion Week are piling up just as the ceremonies are getting under way:

First up, Martin Margiela may - finally and actually - be giving up fashion for good, the rumor coming in from everybody everywhere, and with some astutely pointing out that Martin Margiela himself does not even work on the line, so a replacement would be that much easier (though since Raf's been counted out due to his newly signed three year contract with Jil Sander, who else is supposedly up for the job?) Supposedly, he'll announce his retirement from fashion sometime soon...

Next: Alessandra Facchinetti, whose collection for Valentino this coming Thursday will be only her second, and already the Daily reports that it's her last chance, her future at the house resting completely in the hands of the editors and buyers in the front row. And there's more - the supposed replacement? Giambattista Valli, who some supposedly feel could bring more innovation to the line, maybe because he's French, maybe because he's older...

Guess we'll know where everybody stands by next week - kind of makes the rumors on Gossip Girl tonight seem a little passé, mais non?

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