Stefano Pilati at YSL, Raf Simmons at Jil Sander -- now Derek Lam is leaving the Italian based handbag and shoe line owned by Diego Della Valle.
It's certaily been a musical chairs kind of moment in the fashion world, since the beginning of 2012. While several designers seem at the pinnacle of long careers with the mounting of major museum shows on them: Marc Jacobs in Paris, Jean Paul Gaultier at the DeYoung in SF, and Miuccia Prada with Schiapparelli at the Metropolitan Museum in May -- many are disappearing at the same time.
Now Derek Lam is leaving Tod's, where he's been the creative director in charge of shoe and bag design direction for six years. This does not affect Lam's own eponymous clothing collection. But this annoucemen follows Stefano Pilati leaving YSl (where he will be replaced by Hedi Slimane), and Raf Simmons sadly leaving Jil Sander, only to have Sander herself come back to the job after years in retirement.
Meanwhile, the one truly odd thing is that there has been absolutely no announcement from Dior on whether Bill Gaytten, who's been filling in for John Galliano, will get the title job -- or whether Haider Ackermann or Raf Simmons will fill the bill. What's taking these peole so long?