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Hedi Slimane

To promote his grunge second collection for fall 2013 – plaid shirts, baby-doll dresses, men’s overcoats, fishnets, and slouchy sweaters – he launched the Saint Laurent music project, which featured his black-and-white photos of musicians with vintage allure, such as Kim Gordon, Marilyn Manson, and Courtney Love.

Courtney Love couldn’t resist him. “When Hedi’s collection came out, I was blown away. I was so happy,” she says. “They were such rock clothes. Everything seemed like it was mine.”

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Hedi Slimane

His first Saint Laurent women’s collection (his first expressly designed for women) for Spring 2013 reached back to late-sixties, early-seventies L.A., with broad-brimmed Janis Joplin-style hats, fringed suede, billowing chiffon sleeves, cropped jacked, and skinny black trousers.

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Chatelles began as a love story,” François du Chastel, the brand’s founder and owner, explained. “I fell in love with a girl and offered her a pair of slippers I designed with a verse by Victor Hugo embossed in the inner sole of each flat: “Je ne puis demeurer… loin de toi plus longtemps. [I cannot remain… far away from you any longer]”. It worked. She fell in love with the shoes, broke up with me, and left with the slippers. From here, I launched my own line of slippers. I believe girls can shine and look easy, comfy and effortless – all that is very Parisian – in slippers which are a seductive alternative to heels and ballerinas for any occasion.

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Designed by Central Saint Martins graduate Tiphaine de Bodman – a former shoe creative for Alexander McQueen, Kenzo, Hermès and Paul Smith – the shoes are handmade in Portugal, using the finest Italian leather.

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Opium | M7

His advertising campaigns for the Yves Saint Laurent fragrances Opium (with a red-haired Sophie Dahl completely naked wearing only a necklace and stiletto heels in a sexually suggestive pose) and YSL M7 (with martial arts champion Samuel de Cubber in complete full-frontal nudity) have been famous and provocative by pushing fragrance ads to a new level of creativity in artistic expression and commercial impact.

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Sex, power, and divine decadence

The images to promote the For Men fragrance do not disappoint, as he returns to what he does best: pictures designed to shock, with a good dose of nudity. The most risqué shows a woman with the fragrance bottle held between her naked thighs, another shows a woman clutching her bare breasts with the bottle wedged between.

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Haute Couture Mind - Fashion Book - Tom Ford - Tom Ford For Men

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Gucci…

… hired him in 1990 to design a ready-to-wear line, and promoted him as Creative Director in 1994. On the strength of his collections, sales at Gucci increased by 90% and he was credited with putting the glamour back into fashion.

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Tom Ford

Tom Ford. We are what we know.

Balenciaga’s creative director after Ghesquiere is?

He makes his debut for Balenciaga with a collection of near-monastic black-and-white looks in clean, spare shapes—cocoon jackets, peplumed tops, and sleek trousers—that resurrect some of the house’s classic silhouettes.

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Balenciaga – Alexander Wang – Fall 2013

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Balenciaga – Alexander Wang – Fall 2013

Alexander Wang, at the helm of Balenciaga from November 2012. We are what we know.

Balenciaga’s creative director in the 2000s was?

He successfully melded his own innovations with those of the founding designer, and vastly expanded the brand’s commercial reach. His work soon turned Balenciaga into a critically acclaimed fashion house in the 2000s.

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Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga – Dec 2003, by Annie Leibovitz

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Balenciaga – Nicolas Ghesquiere – Jun 2003 – by Steven Klein

 

Nicolas Ghesquiere, at the helm of Balenciaga from 1997 to 2012. We are what we know.

Christian Dior…

… once said “Haute couture is like an orchestra, whose conductor is him. We, other couturiers, are the musicians and we follow the directions he gives.” Even the sharp tongue of Coco Chanel softened in deference to his skills: “He is a couturier in the truest sense of the word. Only he is capable of cutting material, assembling a creation, and sewing it by hand.”

This very influential couturier was …?

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Cristobal Balenciaga

Cristobal Balenciaga. We are what we know.

 

Who is head designer at Chloé?

Clare Waight Keller. The 41-year-old Royal College of Art grad who has worked for labels such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Gucci (under Tom Ford) and, most recently, headed the luxury knitwear brand Pringle of Scotland, joined Chloé in June 2011, and in her brief tenure thus far, has already brought new life to the brand.

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Clare Waight Keller

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