In the wake of John Galliano's scandalous outburst, Women's Wear Daily reported on the recent trend of fashion houses recruiting lesser-known talents, such as Pringle's Alistair Carr, Cacharel's Ling Lui and Dawei Sun and Gianfranco Ferré's Graeme Black, to helm their lines. Does the appointment of under-the-radar (and often less demanding) personalities signal a kindler, gentler future for fashion?
Marquee Designer: Christophe Decarnin
Flair for drama: Decarnin failed to appear at his fall 2011 show amid rumors he'd been admitted to a mental hospital, and offended patriots with a T-shirt resembling a ripped and burned American flag.
Fresh Face: Olivier Rousteing
What we know about him: Rousteing joined Balmain in 2009 after five years at Roberto Cavalli, and was so under the radar that WWD cited his Linkedin profile for credentials; as Fashionista noted "he's hot."
Marquee name: The late McQueen
Flair for drama: The designer was deemed an enfant terrible by the fashion press for his demanding behavior and outspokenness. His highly controversial "Highland Rape" collection in the mid-'90s commented on the rape of the Scottish Highlands at the hands of the British.
Fresh Face: Sarah Burton
What we know about her: Burton's dealings with the British royals have been far less fraught with tension; she enchanted romantics on both sides of the pond with her sweet frock for Duchess Catherine in April.
Marquee name: Valentino Garavani
Flair for drama: The larger-than-life couturier's divalike antics were depicted in Matt Tyrnauer's 2009 doc "Valentino: The last Emperor," which features footage of the designer, who stepped down in 2008, proclaiming, "Apres moi, le deluge!"
Fresh faces: Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri
What we know about them: Sharing the reins doesn't seem to pose a problem for the pair. "We work together through a continuous exchange of ideas. It's actually a great opportunity rather than a limitation," Piccioli has diplomatically said.
Christian Dior/John Galliano
Marquee name: John Galliano
Flair for drama: Galliano was fired on charges of antisemitism after footage surfaced of the designer proclaiming his love for Hitler.
Fresh Face: Bill Gaytten
What we know about him: While Galliano was known for his mouthing-off skills, Gaytten is known for his "exceptional tailoring skills."
Marquee Designer: Nicola Trussardi, who inherited the century-old brand that his grandfather had founded as a glove-making business, and turned it into a luxury staple.
Flair for drama: Though the Trussardis ran it straight and narrow in their business, they were tragically cursed like many Italian dynasties: Nicola was killed when he crashed his Mercedes in 1999; in 2003, his son and successor, Francesco, died in a similar car accident.
Fresh Face: Umit Benan
What we know about him: Apparently Umit has a major following in Japan.