As a student studying and using pattern cutting techniques, I'm surprised I have only just found this out; most fashion designers have no technical knowledge. It doesn't sound like much but this really shocked me. I know it doesn't apply to all designers, but what it means is that many (if not most) respected and coveted designers cannot pattern cut or sew. I can do all three and then some. Now you know how 'celebrities' (a term I use very loosely) can 'design' ranges of clothes and accessories. For example Kate Moss for Topshop. A little birdy told me she doesn't even draw designs, just brings clothes from her own wardrobe to be reworked by a team at Topshop. The birdy also told me the clothes are often covered in fag burns and jizz. I'm glad they didn't include those design features on the finished garments.
Oh, and lace is so in right now.