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After Ford, Gucci considers safety in numbers

Who Can Fill His Shoes?
The big trend coming down the Paris catwalks last week had less to do with designs than with designers: the four unknown assistants who were said to be succeeding Tom Ford as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Although Gucci parent PPR's announcement is not expected until this week, sources close to the Gucci group said a new in-house team of designers would be promoted: Alessandra Facchinetti, Alfreda Giannini and John Ray at Gucci, and Stefano Pilati at YSL. All four are Ford-trained, but none yet possess the star power many...

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