A Cheat Sheet to Every Recent Designer Shake-Up


Hey! What’s that sound? It’s the signal of another round of Fashion Musical Chairs. The past three years have been a whirlwind of longtime designers leaving esteemed posts for various reasons, of short stints and big houses and a constant conversation that sounds like, “Who’s designing for X house again?” The designers are fast and the chairs are more highly coveted than an Alessandro Michele-signed and angel-fur-lined Gucci shoe, so use this as your cheat sheet to avoid being the awkward one standing when the music stops.

Here’s what’s up.

News broke in February 2017 that Riccardo Tisci was leaving Givenchy. The designer had been there since 2005, and, according to the New York Times, was “responsible for redefining the brand Audrey Hepburn built for the Kardashian era.” Fun fact: Beyoncé wore a Tisci-Givenchy dress to the last five Met Galas. Tisci has yet to announce his next move, although there are rumors that he’ll go to Versace.

Clare Waight Keller left Chloé in March after debuting her last collection for the house, and will take Tisci’s spot as Givenchy’s artistic director on May 2nd. “Working for this Maison has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” Waight Keller said of her six-year-long Chloé tenure.

Chloé confirmed Natacha Ramsay-Levi as the house’s next creative director. Currently, she’s the senior director at Louis Vuitton and is known as Nicolas Ghesquière’s right hand.

Jil Sander’s creative director Rodolfo Paglialunga left the Italian design house after three years; no replacement has been named.

In older news…

The founder of Marni, Consuelo Castiglioni, left the house that she built to focus on her private life. Prada’s Francesco Risso replaced her as creative director.

And I know you know this stuff but, just in case your friend doesn’t…

Raf Simons replaced Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein, thrilled critics with his Winter 2017 collection and cemented the official return of cowboy boots. 

Monse’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are co-creative directors at Oscar de la Renta. They showed their first collection in February 2017. It’s a big deal because 1) Oscar de la Renta legacy and 2) this is the first time two major design houses have shared creative directors.

Anthony Vaccarello took over at Saint Laurent after Hedi Slimane left and is keeping up the vibe of clubwear-chic. Leandra put together a list of things to know about Vaccarello for you, too.  (Hedi Slimane isn’t anywhere new as of yet.)

Finally, Maria Grazia Chiuri left Valentino for Dior. She showed her first collection (the same one we recently styled) in September and her second in March.

That’s all for now, although the shuffling will remain so long as the music plays. Who are you most excited about? Where would you like to see those designers without posts go? Want to keep playing the hypothetical “who could potentially succeed Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel should he ever step down?”


See our last two rounds of Designer Musical Chairs here (March 2016) and here (October 2014).

Graphics by Maria Jia Ling Pitt.

Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond is a writer, creative consultant, and Man Repeller alumnus living in New York City.

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