By  on April 16, 2012

Are brands today more powerful than the designers behind them? It’s a complicated question that hung over a turbulent fall collections season headlined by designer comings and goings at Yves Saint Laurent, Jil Sander and Tod’s, among others.

The brand-versus-designer debate was reignited back in March 2011 with the ouster of John Galliano at Christian Dior over anti-Semitic and racist outbursts — and it festered and fizzled as the search for a successor clicked past the one-year mark.

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