Meet Floriane de Saint Pierre, fashion’s most influential headhunter –

The majority of attendees at Paris Fashion Week are out to assess the clothes; the buyers want to determine what will sell at whichever multi-million-pound retailer they work for, journalists want to pick out trends and find the newsworthy collections, celebrities and their stylists are hunting for the next red carpet dress. But for Floriane de Saint Pierre, the focus is on the makers – the teams of people, from creative directors to interns, who are working behind the scenes at the world’s biggest brands.

As the industry’s most prolific (and stylish) headhunter, de Saint Pierre has been responsible for some of the most notable hires in recent fashion history. She put Alber Elbaz at Lanvin and Christopher Bailey at Burberry, recommended Alessandro Michele for Gucci and Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior. Imagine Gucci without Michele – there would be no maximalism, no surge in sales – placing the…


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