High. So high that WWD reports that other Paris designers are jealous and/or worried by all the attention Slimane and Simons are getting. The designers are expected to collectively usher in a new era of fashion–one of cool minimalism and wearability. The Guardian‘s Simon Chilvers writes, “Industry insiders anticipate a change of gear even as Dries Van Noten delivers an effortless, wearable and modern collection.”
Specifically, Slimane, who has already drastically changed the branding of YSL, is expected to do the unexpected–something wildly different from what we’re used to seeing from the brand. YSL CEO Paul Deneve told WWD they’re preparing to “revolutionize fashion.” We’re expecting youth and rock & roll-influences inspired by the cool kids he tends to photograph. He’s also expected to have lined up a group of exclusive new models.
It will be interesting to see what Simons does for ready-to-wear since his couture collection was quite wearable. Little is known about his plans, but since couture was so successful, we bet it will be good.