By  on September 26, 2017

 PARIS — He wears a necklace full of evil-eye charms, but Serge Ruffieux looked a picture of calm at a preview of his first main collection for Carven since taking over the house’s creative helm in January, which continues the trend for second-in-command designers moving into the spotlight.

To be sure, Ruffieux has earned his stripes working in the wings, with a career that includes more than five years working under Sonia Rykiel — “Sonia and me, it was a love story; it was possibly the experience of my career that touched me the most” — and eight years at Dior, working respectively under John Galliano, Bill Gaytten and Raf Simons, with whom he also had a “real connection.” He was then asked to man the ship as Dior’s co-artistic director with Lucie Meier following Simons’ exit in October 2015.

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