Is Fashion Moving too Fast For Designers to Keep up?

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ICYMI, for fashion girls, the heartbreak has been REAL lately - Alexander Wang has officially shown his last collection for Balenciaga, Raf Simons announced his unexpected departure from Dior and finally, Alber Elbaz was the latest designer to surprise us by announcing that he was leaving Lanvin after 14 years. So what gives?

Many in the industry are pointing out that these departures may be part of a much larger industry issue: Is fashion moving too fast for even the top designers to keep up?

Signs are pointing to yes. After announcing his departure from Dior, Raf told The Cut, "When you do six shows a year, there's not enough time for the whole process. You have no incubation time for ideas, and incubation time is very important."

Raf's situation isn't uncommon either - for many massive European fashion houses like Dior, there's pressure to produce four women's collections a year, menswear and sometimes, couture - not to mention that many designers also have their own namesake lines as well.

Not only is there pressure to produce more, but social media and the Internet age mean that designers are also under extreme pressure present their work in bigger, bolder, buzzier ways. In order to generate publicity, designers are increasingly forced to try an one-up one another with the most Instagram-worthy show, with the biggest names sitting front row, and with the most unexpected pieces on the runway. (We're looking at you, Gucci fur loafers!)

If that wasn't enough, fast fashion only complicates things for designers. While we love Zara, we can't help but admit that it must be pretty frustrating for designers to show a majorly lusted-after piece on the runway, only to see the Zara version pop up in stores for a fraction of the cost several months before the original can be produced.

Fashion's speed is at an all-time high, and shows no signs of slowing down - but is the burnout of some of the industry's most creative talent a possible side effect of this? The industry may want to rethink the pressure it puts on designers in order to avoid losing any more fashion crowd favorites from top fashion houses.

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