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2012 March 21

Spurr's Successor: A Purely Speculative List

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(NEW YORK) As speculation mounts about the future of Simon Spurr’s namesake label, with samples on lockdown and those close to the brand staying mum, rumors are flying about Spurr’s replacement. For your consideration...

Derek Lam: Tod’s lost Lam earlier this month, surely leaving the designer in search of another project to pursue (not like his RTW or 10 Crosby keep him busy or anything…). Since “the line Spurr walks has always been between approachability and boundary-pushing,” according to, and Lam tends to side with the former, this would be precisely the move to give Lam some edge after his foray into driving mocs.

Carine Roitfeld: Since decamping from French Vogue in December 2010, Roitfeld has penned her coffee table tome Irreverent, got chummy with Barneys last March as both campaign mod and guest editor and stylist, and purported plans to launch her own glossy. But rumor has it, entering the men’s design realm is one of Roitfeld’s lifelong goals. Is now the time, chérie?

Kellan Lutz:
After exploding on the fashion scene last August with his Abott + Main by Dylan George, sitting handsomely in the front row of Spurr’s Fall show—plus scoring prime seats to an impressive 37 other shows during NYFW—Lutz is ready to break into the big leagues of menswear design. Calls to Lutz’s reps for comment were not made.

Karl Lagerfeld:
 Because he does everything else.

Raf Simons: Now that Simons has bid adieu to Jil Sander last month and the speculation about him as the successor at Dior has fizzled out, taking over for Spurr might be just the splashy replacement needed to quell the industry unrest over Spurr’s departure. P.S. He’s also currently on the prowl for a new gig, judging by his impressive number of Pintrest boards and frequent LinkedIn updates.

Nick Gruber: Calvin Klein’s baby-faced, on-again, off-again flame was purportedly going to become a certified personal trainer. Perhaps all of that time in the gym for certification purposes was just a decoy for his plans to follow in CK’s designer loafers?

Kanye West:
After taking Paris Fashion Week by storm (and by go-kart) this season, and donning women’s clothes on more than one occasion—perhaps the superstar can’t find any menswear to fit his fancies, so why not design his own lad’s attire under Spurr’s critically-well-received name? Sources close to West confirm (not really!) that his entre will be the most gamechanging, monumental, trailblazing, soulful, epic, near-religious, profound, award-winning men’s collection of all time. And that he will live-tweet every epic moment of the process (ideally in manic three-hour bouts).

Harald Glööckler: This prince of fashion told The Daily  “I’d have to consider it” in regards to potentially taking over at Dior. But we see his trademark “bling, bling” approach as a natural fit with Spurr’s aesthetic. Don’t you?

Joseph Abboud: Since selling his brand in 2000, this two-time CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year winner (in 1989 and 1990) launched Jaz in 2007, and in 2010 was appointed chief creative officer of HMX’s Hart Schaffner Marx and Hickey Freeman brands. Taking over Spurr could be just the ticket for Abboud to spur a comeback! Should we expect to see Wynton Marsalis, Tom Brokaw, and former Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra—Abboud’s “famous friends,” according to his Wikipedia page—sitting front row at Milk this September?

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