Some designers are under-rated, and others, well... let's say I think Giambattista Valli is more of a PR who tries to make hideous dresses successfully than a designer. Okay, back to the subject. It's a shame to see some veteran designers barely survive outside the radar, especially the ones with style - Lacroix, Rykiel, and where are Marcel Marongiu and Josephus Thimister (after Balenciaga)? These creators make beautiful clothes and want to make woman as beautiful, that's all I know; it's not about trend. Another one I like very much is Loulou de la Falaise, who set up her own brand three years ago and opened two shops in Paris after. I don't know how she is doing, but I hope she's doing good. You never know since this is a completely different ball game now. I always think that if one misses Saint Laurent sorely, they should have a shopping sphere at Loulou's, then they'll be happy and fixed.
Very unfortunately, her website no longer functions. If you are interested to see her work, take a peek at her shop opening back in S/S06 *here when Tim Blanks was still at [Fashion File]. Her creations is timeless anyway, needless to say, more Saint Laurent than ever.
Loulou de la Falaise 7 Rue de BourgogneParis 75007 France +33 1 4551 4232