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It’s hard to believe that only five years ago, Demna Gvasalia, now the creative director of Balenciaga, was an unknown designer dragging the fashion world to unglamorous corners of Paris to see the oddball interpretations of sweatpants and oversized trench coats made with a collective he called Vetements. In the time since, Vetements’s luxury streetwear, meme-like garments, unexpected collaborations, and even their production schedule have basically rewritten the rules of fashion—both who cares about, and what people want to wear. Today, Gvasalia announced he’s stepping down from the brand that upended the industry not so long ago. “Vetements has always been a collective of creative min... Full story

16 September