More Designers on the Decades

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

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Jerome Rousseau

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The decade that was:
High: “A focus on niche designers.”

Low: “The growth of plagiarism in the fashion industry. I am a firm believer that you can have great design at all price points, and there is no excuse for brands that do not come up with their own design point of view each season.”

Top trends: “Intricate, bold statement shoes. Skinny, chic denim. Fluorescents!”

Favorite muses: “I’m often inspired by musicians and performers. Alexa and Kairo from the electro-pop band Riviera F. Also Elli from the French band Elli et Jacno.”

The decade to come:
New muses: “A young actress called Roxane Mesquida is my favorite contender. She’s effortlessly beautiful and talented, and she has those sensual French eyes. … Also, other young emerging talents such as Sandi Sirocco, Verena Paloma Jabs and Bojana Novakovic.”

Next fashion capital: “Paris and London will continue to be strong. Los Angeles is a city with tangible potential that is coming to prominence, but you have to look outside the cliché to find it. I’m also finding lots of inspiration in the Scandinavian and Eastern European countries.”

Styles to avoid: “Ugg boots for the city.”

Hoping to see: “Peace and an ever-growing interest and appreciation for the creative fields: music, design, art, video.”

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