Anyone who's been following fashion's giddy game of musical chairs lately must be feeling very dizzy (we know we are). The various exits and entrances of the industry's major players in the past six months has shown that no-one is sacred (except perhaps Karl Lagerfeld) and the furiously fast pace of fashion continues to claim its victims, with retiring creative directors all too frequently citing burnout as a reason for departure.
When Hedi Slimane left Saint Laurent on April 1, rumours abounded that perhaps he would fill Raf Simons' vacant seat at Dior. But if that deal was ever on the cards, it looks like it's fallen through, with today's news that the fashion star is now suing Kering, who owns Saint Laurent, over his non-compete clause.
It's not what you would expect - Slimane isn't trying to get out of the contract, but wants it reinstated - presumably so he can reap the attached financial benefits. Kering's statement, obtained by Fashionista, reads as follows: "Kering lifted this [non-compete] clause at the end of Hedi Slimane's contract, thus freeing Hedi Slimane from this potential constraint. Hedi Slimane is requesting that this clause be applied still, along with the effective payment of the financial compensation that goes with it." Did a deal Slimane struck with another major fashion house fall through? It looks that way.
And in other fashion industry legal news, Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka is set to be hauled in front of the courts by Aquazzura, who claim her 'Hettie' shoe is an exact replica of their uber-popular Wild Thing fringed design.