It’s official: Nicolas Ghesquière is the new creative director for Louis Vuitton
Can you believe it was only a month ago when Marc Jacobs announced he was stepping down as Louis Vuitton’s creative director? Jacobs, who was at Louis Vuitton for sixteen years and transformed the brand from luxury luggage to one of the biggest labels in the world, left the iconic brand in order to focus on his own label. Since then, rumors have been constantly circulating about who will be replacing the new creative director for Louis Vuitton.
It has finally been confirmed that Nicolas Ghesquière will immediately be taking over as Louis Vuitton’s artistic director. Ghesquière, who was formerly the creative director at Balenciaga for 15 years before being replaced by Alexander Wang, has been without a fashion house for almost a year. He decided to accept the challenge of being the creative director of Louis Vuitton rather than starting his own line.
“Louis Vuitton has always incarnated for me the symbol of ultimate luxury, innovation and exploration,” explains the French designer. “I am very honoured of the mission that I am entrusted with, and proud to join the history of this great maison. We share common values and a vision.”
LVMH believes Ghesquière will usher in a new era for Louis Vuitton, much like he did for Balenciaga. According to WWD, Louis Vuitton chose Ghesquière to add “a modern creative vision to the house’s women’s collections, building on the values of refinement, savoir faire and extreme quality.”
Ghesquière will be the creative director of all women’s wear with artistic control over advertising campaigns and other visual elements for the brand. His first collection for Louis Vuitton will be shown during the Autumn 2014 shows in Paris.