Welcome to our new column, "Hey, Quick Question," where we investigate seemingly random happenings in the fashion industry. Enjoy!
In recent fashion news, the most surprising yet frequent announcements have been regarding creative directors stepping down from their top roles at major fashion houses. Let's revisit them in chronological order, shall we?
- Raf Simons leaves Dior in October 2015
- Alexander Wang leaves Balenciaga in October 2015
- Stefano Pilati leaves Ermenegildo Zegna in February 2016
- Brendan Mullane leaves Brioni in February 2016
- Hedi Slimane leaves Saint Laurent in April 2016
- Alessandra Facchinetti leaves Tod's in May 2016
- Danielle Sherman leaves Edun in May 2016
- Arnaud Maillard and Alvaro Castejón leave Azzaro in June 2016
- Rodolfo Paglialunga leaves Jil Sander in March 2017
What these nine designers all have in common is that they each served for just three years before exiting their respective brands – something that doesn't exactly seem coincidential. So we asked a numerologist, Felicia Bender out in Colorado, to fill us in on this number, and whether it serves a purpose when it comes to making major career decisions similar to the individuals listed above. As it turns out, the number three has some pretty interesting "vibrations" in numerology speak, especially with reevaluating one's purpose in life.
"It's all about self-expression and emotional sensitivity," says Bender. "This number brings with it an amazing amount of creative energy, joy and optimism." She also notes three as a number of excellence, so it's interesting to find these designers choosing to work with these brands for this length of time and then reassessing their decision. "You are being pulled into change and really tapping into your highest creativity," says Bender. "When people are experiencing this, they're also more into moving forward rather then staying in place." The caveat with a number like three is that if it's not finding a proper outlet to reach its optimal level of success, it can almost feel scatterbrained, which could lead to reevaluating where its highest and best purpose is. "Okay, I set a foundation for me, and yet I'm feeling this internal push to step out and risk something else to bring me to a higher, more evolved level of my creative life," describes Bender.
It's difficult for Bender to determine individual reasons for each designer's departure, of course, but what she was able to provide were some entertaining anecdotes on Simons, Wang and Slimane based on their birthdays (or, at least what Google lists as their birthdays). By providing those, she gave us their life path numbers, which are similar to the sun sign in astrology, and the personal year that each of them is currently going through. According to Bender, we experience thematic "personal year" cycles from one to nine.
Simons is on a "one" life path and Bender describes him as a creative leader and entrepreneur. He's in a "four" personal year right now, which is a foundation-setting year. "He may be called to kind of reevaluate where he is and what he wants to be in the next five years," says Bender. Perhaps as the new creative director at Calvin Klein?
With Wang, Bender excitedly described him as a gregarious (true) and upbeat guy. He's on a "five" life path and thrives on freedom. We'd like to think that being bogged down to a historic fashion house like Balenciaga was possibly limiting for Wang's creative process, as opposed to having free reign with his own eponymous label. For him, 2016 is an 11/2 personal year, where fame and spiritual illumination (which is tied to the master number 11), can be heightened. "So this is a year that offers lots of intensity and opportunities for Mr. Wang to up his game," says Bender. "And yet part of this year is about networking and making higher-level affiliations that are in more alignment with his true self."
Slimane's date of birth puts him on a "nine" life path, and Bender describes him as a humanitarian and creative. Currently, he's in his "three" personal year, so when he started his gig at Saint Laurent three years ago, he was facing a huge change in this cycle. "It makes sense that he got that new job then," says Bender. "Four years ago, he was in a real ending of a cycle, and three years was just at the beginning of one."
To add more fuel to the fire, Nicolas Ghesquière recently spoke out about his desire to start his own line, "and do it soon." He joined Louis Vuitton in November of 2013, which makes his three-year anniversary with the French fashion house nearly five months from now. But we'll leave that information with the universal powers that be to decide.