required reading: bridget foley's diary

This week, for her "Bridget Foley's Diary" column, WWD Executive Editor Bridget Foley wrote one of the most articulate, thoughtful treatises on why designers matter that I've ever read. The question of brand vs. designer has been a hot topic lately thanks to upheaval at storied houses like Dior, YSL and Jil Sander, and Foley hits the nail on the head when she writes that "the elite designers, those who drive fashion, those few who will be remembered, do more than design to the bottom line. At its best, their fashion codifies, or even instigates, something in the larger culture, often presenting alternatives to the status quo." Anyone interested in fashion should read this piece. Check it out here.

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