Colin McDowell, Much Like Everyone, Can’t Understand the Holdup at Dior

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Photo: STF/2008 AFP

The journalist makes the following case for a little-known talent in his latest column: "To insert Bill Gaytten — an undisputedly brilliant technician, but not a designer — into the gap at Dior can be nothing but a temporary solution. It’s high time this gap was closed. But why not with somebody young and untested, as Yves Saint Laurent was when he took over the reins at Dior at the tender age of twenty-one and went on to revolutionise women’s clothes? I still believe that designers with genius and courage, traits which are invariably independent of age, are more likely to thrive at a grand Paris label."