The New Designers Behind Your Favorite Labels

With fashion's game of musical chairs in overdrive, here's a look at the new designers now at the helm of some of your favorite labels.

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Bill Gaytten, Creative Director of John Galliano: English designer Bill Gaytten, who worked beside John Galliano for 23 years, is now Creative Director of both the John Galliano men's and women's collections. The designer also took a bow following Christian Dior's latest haute couture collection leading many to speculate that he is in the running to take over that house as well. He still has a lot to do to win over his harshest critics. Cathy Horyn made a swipe at the designer in the New York Times saying, “I like Mr. Gaytten. He’s a sweetheart, but he is not a designer.”
Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director of Balmain: During the Fall 2011 collections, Balmain Creative Director Christophe Decarnin failed to turn up to take his bow following the show. Decarnin never returned to the label, and Olivier Rousteing has now stepped in. Rousteing, who's only 25 years old, joined Balmain in 2009. Before that he put in five years at Roberto Cavalli. If the most recent Balmain men’s collection Is any indication of what is to come from Rousteing, the designer is sure to continue in the glamour rock n’ roll vein that Decarnin capitalized on during his time at Balmain.
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Clare Waight Keller, Creative Director of Chloé: Out with the old, in the with the new at Chloé: British designer Clare Waight Keller is now at the helm replacing Hannah MacGibbon. Born in Birmingham England, Waight Keller was appointed Creative Director of Pringle of Scotland in 2005 where she was charged with turning the heritage label into a full on luxury brand. With an MA in fashion knitwear from the Royal College of Art, she has also worked at Gucci under Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
Dawei Sun (left) and Ling Liu (right), Creative Directors of Cacharel: Best known as the creative team behind Belle Ninon, the duo met at Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, France’s most famous fashion school, and are now at the helm of Cacharel. It is the first time a major French house has hired senior designers from China. Sun has worked for John Galliano and Balenciaga while Liu did a stint a Yves Saint Laurent. They will stage their Cacharel debut in October.
Yoshiuki Miyamae, Head of Womenswear at Issey Miyake: Yoshiuki Miyamae joined Issey Miyake ten years ago, and in 2006 joined the design team. This October will mark his debut as head designer at a label known for avant-garde design and its use of cutting edge technology.
Alistair Carr, Creative Director of Pringle of Scotland: Alistair Carr comes to Pringle fresh from a stint working with Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga. Fashion runs in the blood for Carr. His grandfather was a couturier in Gretna Green, a small town in Scotland. Carr, a graduate of Central Saint Martins, has also worked at Marni, Cacharel, and Chloé.
Kim Jones, Men's Ready-to-Wear Studio and Style Director for Louis Vuitton: Kim Jones has worked at Alfred Dunhill, Mulberry, Alexander McQueen and Hugo Boss and now in his new role at Louis Vuitton is working directly with Artistic Director Marc Jacobs. A sign of the times, news broke that Jones was replacing Paul Helbers (who formerly held this role) via a tweet from Jones in March. Jones showed his first collection for Vuitton this June, which was inspired by Africa.
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