With famed designers Hedi Slimane and Raf Simons heading up Saint Laurent and Christian Dior respectively, industry insiders anticipate a change of gear.

This article titled “Hedi Slimane and Raf Simons tipped to usher in new era at Paris fashion week” was written by Simon Chilvers in Paris, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 26th September 2012 16.32 UTC

Debut ready-to-wear collections by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent and Raf Simons for Christian Dior will dominate the new season in Paris where the final leg of fashion week began on Wednesday.

This is regardless of what fashion cards Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel and Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton play when they unveil their designs for next season in the coming days.

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