bye bye, kane

It’s official, Christopher Kane has parted ways with Donatella. The result of the apparently mutual decision is that Kane is no longer at the helm of Versace’s sister label Versus, deciding to focus, instead, on his own, eponymous label.

While this is wildly exciting for me as I have and always will be an avid follower of Kane’s womenswear line (really though, who isn’t?), I find the designer leaving/house swapping situation mildy distressing, with Nicolas Ghesquière last week announcing his departure from Balenciaga, and See by Chloé recently bidding farewell to head designer Laure de Sade. Can I be the only one who fears all of this change?

Well yes, I probably am. I realise that fashion is an ever changing landscape and it has to be that way for everyone and everything to remain current and focused on what’s coming next, but there’s something about all of this swapping and changing that is almost seedy. Despite the mutuality of Kane’s Versus departure, it makes the designers seem totally disposable, and, in a way, makes their collections and products disposable too. There was a time when Karl Lagerfeld designed for Chanel, Chloé, Fendi and his own labels simultaneously, and Uncle Karl is clearly anything but disposable.

Rumour has it that Ghesquière has left Balenciaga as he is unhappy with the lack of freedom he has within the job, in comparison to Hedi Slimane in his new position at Saint Laurent (the labels are both owned by PPR Group). I don’t know why, but all of this stuff reminds me of the hideous moment in The Devil Wears Prada when Stanley Tucci’s character is ‘betrayed’ by Miranda Priestly and it’s all terribly sad.

Change can be a good thing, though. I am sure that whoever replaces Ghesquière at Balenciaga will continue to do great things for the label. The replacement could even be Christopher Kane himself, or maybe not. The rumour mill is definitely in overdrive…