Jacques Fath's New Owner Installs His Daughter as Designer
Cristobal Balenciaga. Pierre Balmain. Gabrielle Chanel. Back in the day, these fashion deities had a contemporary who could have also ended up a household name: Jacques Fath. Sadly, an early death from leukemia closed the shutters on his house, lauded for its daring and dynamic designs. Fifty-six years after Fath’s death, French conglomerate Alliance Designers Group--owned by Alain Dumenil--has bought the label and installed none other than Dumenil’s daughter, Laurence Dumenil, as the line's creative director. Sure, we know what you're thinking--and naturally we thought the same. But as she tells Fashionista, Ms. Dumenil's not worried about the whispers regarding the nepotism that so obviously took place. Instead, she's focused squarely on bringing the line back to its former glory. Check out our exclusive Q&A with her and view our gallery of the brand’s 2011 accessories collection.