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Big Designers in Paris Fashion Week Insusceptible to Change


Summary: Four major fashion debuts happened this week at the Paris Fashion Week, and four retailers in the front-row delivered their verdicts on the designs.

Paris Fashion Week has seen four major designers debut this week, which can be difficult in an industry that can often be resistant to change. Four of the biggest luxury houses in Paris were in attendance this week, and have discusses the new designs.

The four big-name houses— Anthony Vaccarello at Yves Saint Laurent, Bouchra Jarrar at Lanvin, Maria Grazia Chiuri at Christian Dior and Pierpaolo Piccioli, solo for the first time, at Valentino — can have a large influence on the fashion industry at large, but especially at small boutiques, online sites, and luxury department stores.

Many fashion leaders were upfront about their resistance to new ideas.

“I hate change,” said Jeffrey Kalinsky, the designer fashion director of Nordstrom and founder of the Jeffrey boutique chain.

Laura Larbalestier, the women’s buying director of Browns in London, agreed, and continued on to say that there are clear risks that accompany change.

“There are always risks when a big brand or designer has a changing of the guard — and some can prove more challenging for us than others.”

Despite this general feeling, most of the big-name houses were optimist at the end of the show.


To read the full thoughts from buyers, read the full story @ The New York Times