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Posted on 4th January 2013 | FashionTV News

Was it the year of Karl Largerfeld or Roberto Cavalli? Raf Simons or Hedi Slimane? No doubt about it, 2012 saw countless changes among top designers at the helm of major brands.

John Galliano was ousted at Christian Dior. Alexander Wang replaced Nicholas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga. Stefano Pilati was out and Yves Saint Laurent became Saint Laurent Paris.

But 2012 also saw some of the designers’ best work including Sarah Burton’s bee wax collection after taking over the helm at Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane’s urban prints, and Marc Jacobs Dickensian wonderland.

Now it’s 2013 and a new year in fashion is starting...thus, we must pay homage to the designers who made 2012 so great and get ready for what’s in store for 2013. This weekend, we’re celebrating the designers who captivated us in 2012 with our Top Designers Weekend.

Here’s a preview of top designers being featured:

Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2013

In 2012, we said bye bye to the D&G brand, but Dolce & Gabbana and their namesake line had a big a year as ever, keeping up the luxury and the Italian flair with their Spring 2013 line, featuring Sicilian street market motifs, folk appliques, beaded embroidery, and a tribute to the Mediterranean. Vibrant colors and theatricality reigned supreme in a sweet show that had us clamoring for more.

John Galliano Spring/Summer 2013

When Bill Gayten first took over the Christian Dior and John Galliano labels, he didn’t have much luck as his designs were heavily criticized for being overly theatrical to the point of nonsense. Nevertheless, having worked on both brands for years as an assistant, he did have the experience and yes, the talent, too. This was showcase through sales. Though Bill Gayten’s work for Dior was criticized at the shows, his pieces sold rather quickly.

And while Raf Simons took over the eponymous label, Bill wasn’t ousted completely. He, in turn, headed over to do the John Galliano show full time. And while the shows themselves are heavily theatrical (he worked with milliner Stephen Jones this year) if you take a look at the key pieces, you will see they’re totally fashionable too.

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