By now we know that Alber Elbaz and Raf Simons have left the iconic fashion houses Lanvin and Dior. But the question is: why?
Alber Elbaz served as Lanvin’s Artistic Director for the past 14 years, while Raf Simons joined Dior as Creative Director in April 2012. Elbaz and Simons collections were met with praise as well as helping the brands increase sales.
However, sales and praise were not enough to keep Elbaz and Simons at those respected houses, having more time would have though. Both designers have spoke about how rushed and fast paced the industry is. “I said, I need more time. And I think everybody in fashion these days needs just a little more time,” Elbaz said while giving a speech at the 2015 Fashion Group International Night of Stars.
Simons also expressed similar frustration with the pace of the fashion industry telling Cathy Horyn at System Magazine, “When you do six shows a year, there’s not enough time for the whole process.” He also mentions how being able to think about an idea and come back to it later is something ideal for him (although, he isn’t able to do that).
Doing collection after collection and show after show without having any time to stop and digest it so seems to be the core issue. Elbaz and Simons departure brings up many questions daughter than answers. The main question that presents itself again and again is: Do we really need all these clothes, all these collections with so little time in between?
The fashion world will to have to figure that out before it’s too late and more designers resign from their creative duties.