More Designers on the Decades

Manolo Blahnik and Barbara Bui also weigh in on the Aughts and the Teens.

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To ring in a new decade, designers look back — and forward — at trends, muses and fashion’s fate.


The decade that was:
High: “Even though I don’t have much time to immerse myself in fashion nowadays, the most exciting moments have 
always been by Chanel. Its fashion shows and pieces are amazing.”

Low: “Leggings. I despise them and do not understand the point of them at all.”

Top trends: “I loved Galliano and Riccardo Tisci’s 

Favorite muses: “My favorite is Amanda Harlech, who has always been very stylish, and Isabella Blow, who wore the most unexpected, fun outfits and hats. But almost nobody has worn my shoes better than Sarah Jessica Parker. She can pull off anything!”

The decade to come:
New muses: “I think Kate Moss will have huge longevity, and Linda Evangelista will be eternal.”

Next fashion capital: “Personally, my favorite has always been London.”

Styles to avoid: “Platforms! I really dislike them and would be happy not to see them ever again. They destroy the proportion of the body and make women walk in a very strange and ungraceful way.”

Hoping to see: “Beautifully made objects and clothes in the old traditional way — the way Hermès produces items. It doesn’t matter if they are expensive. Quality 
is the most important. I would rather have one outfit that is amazing and will last, rather than 20 not-so-
good ones.”

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