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DESTRUCTIVE TREND: Fashion is now on a slippery slope of its own making with the departures of Alexander Wang (left) from the house of Balenciaga; Raf Simons (middle) from Christian Dior; and Alber Elbaz (right) from Lanvin. The exits are seen as a powerful reflection of an insidious, and potentially more destructive trend plaguing fashion.

Fashion sheds its skein

Unexpected designer exits are roiling the world of couture.
Oct 31, 2015 5:50 AM

ON Wednesday - six days after it was announced that designer Raf Simons was leaving Christian Dior, and weeks after Alexander Wang's last show for the house of Balenciaga - Lanvin, the oldest surviving French fashion house - announced that its creative director, Alber Elbaz, is also leaving the