After months of speculation, the international fashion world’s worst kept secret is finally out: Nicolas Ghesquiére has been named the new artistic director of Louis Vuitton. The lanky Frenchman takes over the reigns from Marc Jacobs, who has played a big role in shaping the brand’s aesthetics over the past 16 years.
Beloved by the industry at large, Ghesquiére has been on of the most consistently admired and influential fashion voices of the past decade. Celebrated fashion critic Suzy Menkes once said about the designer: “Nicolas Ghesquiére is the most intriguing and original designer of his generation. His collections are explorations of shape, volume and embellishment that seem totally new – yet reflect in a glancing, abstract way the style of the iconic design house that shelters him.” And how right she is. Here are five reasons why we’re really excited by this announcement:
1. A sexy new edge: Ghesquiére became revered for revisiting classic Cristóbal Balenciaga shapes and reworking them with an edged-out modern flair. We have no doubt he will give us modern ready-to-wear with some definitive twists at Louis Vuitton – not unlike the hypercool garments he made for Balenciaga.
2. A fresh perspective: What Ghesquiere brought to Balenciaga was something only a few designers bring to the table these days – styles we’ve never seen before. Bringing Ghesquière’s renewed outlook and creative talent to one of the most successful luxury brands in the world just makes so much sense.
3. Statement accessories: You can’t think of Nicolas Ghesquiére - or even Balenciaga – without thinking about the once-ubiquitous Lariat bag, seen on the arm of just about every Hollywood It Girl in the early 2000s. Considering how the motorcycle bag became the accessory du jour of the street style set, we can only imagine the possibilities of a Ghesquière-inspired LV tote!
4. His design heroes: Miuccia Prada (Prada), Azzedine Alaïa and Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) – these are the names that inspire Ghesquiére. It’s no surprise to know then that these three stalwarts are some of the most important and forward-thinking designers of our times.
5. Karl Lagerfeld believes in him: In 2012, the Kaiser himself had advice for Ghesquiére’s next move after departing Balenciaga. “Perhaps Nicolas wants to have his own label, which is not a bad idea. And it would not be a bad idea if somebody such as Bernard Arnault would invest in a new label because there are so many old labels (within the LVMH group).” Is Karl a couture clairvoyant?
We’re excited to see how Louis Vuitton gets re-imagined by a new team under the leadership of the very able and very talented Mr Ghesquiére
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