As I recently observed over at the BARE blog, there's pretty universal acknowledgement that Yves Saint Laurent's passing marked the end of something significant. As Christian Dior's successor and a ceaseless innovator with his own label, Saint Laurent was the pivotal figure in shifting the commercial focus of fashion from haute couture to ready-to-wear. But with his passing and the continued march of time, maybe it's time to look at who is forming the new vanguard, who are forces that are shaping the boundaries of our creative landscape? My list, in no particular order:
- Helmut Lang, for making simple beautiful again.
- Alber Elbaz, for making me smile. Always.
- Raf Simons, for thought-provoking, forward-minded collections.
- Yohji Yamamoto, for exploring every frontier, as well as making some up on his own.
- Hedi Slimane, for bringing danger back to sex.
- Christian Lacroix, for reminding us of craft.
- Martin Margiela, for four white stitches.