Ever since Raf Simons was appointed creative director of Dior back in April, comparisons between him and newly-appointed YSL designer Hedi Slimane have run rampant. And as Slimane and Simons prepare to show their first ready-to-wear collections for YSL and Dior, respectively, talk of this “rivalry” is reaching a fever pitch. Nothing creates buzz like a fashion face-off, apparently.
While we’re fairly certain neither designer is actually that concerned about what the other is doing, there are some undeniable similarities and easy-to-draw comparisons between the two, aside from them being the exact same age and sort of looking alike. So, we decided to analyze this “face-off,” as WWD is calling it, by taking a closer look at the designers’ similarities and differences in terms of background, aesthetic, expectations, what the press is saying and branding. Click through for everything you need to know about both designers, including a handy Venn Diagram!