The spring-summer 2013 season at Paris Fashion Week, which kicked off Tuesday, is shaping up to be about new beginnings and newcomers.
Hedi Slimane, whose slim-line aesthetic dominated men's fashion when he was the designer for Dior Homme from 2000 to 2007, will debut his first women's collection as the new creative director for the venerable house of Saint Laurent, which he is designing between studios in Paris and Los Angeles. And Raf Simons, who also started out as a menswear designer, will be presenting his first RTW collection as creative director for Christian Dior, where he replaces the disgraced John Galliano, who was caught on a camera phone in February 2010 making drunken, anti-Semitic remarks that cost him his job and landed him in trouble with the law.
The week is also about newcomers like Damir Doma, who have built their businesses independently, outside of the luxury industry's brand-as-star system, rather than working under long-dead designer names at old fashion houses like Dior or Saint Laurent.
The Croatian-born, Munich- and Berlin- educated Doma cut his teeth working with Belgian designers like Simons and Dirk Schonberger in the robustly creative Antwerp fashion scene.