The Latest Designer Round-Up

The latest designer round-up

Angela Ahrendts to join Apple

The fashion merry-go-round has had a spin once again, with designers switching labels left, right and centre. The changes first started back in 2012 when NYC’s boy wonder Alexander Wang took over the reigns at Balenciaga, setting the designer revolution in motion.

Now, at the end of 2013, Louis Vuitton has finally announced Marc Jacobs’ successor as artistic director, and it’s none other than Nicolas Ghesquiere from Balenciaga. The luxury brand confirmed the news via Twitter earlier this month, ending months of speculation as to where the talented Frenchman would go next.

“Louis Vuitton has always incarnated for me the symbol of ultimate luxury, innovation and exploration. I am very honoured of the mission I am entrusted with, and proud to join the history of this great Maison. We share common values and a vision,” Ghesquiere said via a press release. “I can’t wait to join the team. Together we will build the future of the brand while preserving its precious heritage.”

Ghesquiere’s first collection will mark Louis Vuitton’s 160th anniversary, and will be shown at the AW’14/’15 shows in March next year.

Meanwhile, Burberry has also had a few managerial changes – Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, announced she was moving to Apple in October, leaving the esteemed role up for fashion’s finest. It came as no shock that Christopher Bailey was immediately promoted to the joint title of Chief Creative Officer and CEO.

So who will replace Bailey? Luc Goidadin, formerly the brand’s senior vice president of design, will now step up as Chief Design Officer, overseeing all design activity under Bailey’s direction.

And we can’t forget Jil Sander’s quiet departure from her namesake label. It’s the third time Jil has left her own brand; her most recent comeback was in 2012 to replace Raf Simons when he left for Dior. The label has announced the next season collection will be designed in-house.

So that’s about it so far. But stay tuned, we all know how fast things change in fashion world…

Kimberlee Oo

Kimberlee is an Australian writer who gave up the reality to follow her dreams...Originally from Sydney, now living in Paris. Kimberlee spends her days writing, styling and eating croissants.