Well, it’s about time.
Rumors have been swirling for weeks now that Nicolas Ghesquière, Balenciaga’s former creative director, will be taking over at Louis Vuitton—and finally, the gossip has been put to rest. Just minutes ago, the luxury label announced via Twitter that Ghesquière will, indeed, be taking the reigns as artistic director for its women’s collections, succeeding Marc Jacobs after his 16-year tenure at the brand.
Let’s take a look back at this past year’s nonstop game of fashion house musical chairs: Alexander Wang first replaced Ghesquière as creative director at Balenciaga just under a year ago, while Jacobs exited Vuitton just last month. We suspect that Ghesquière’s new gig had been in the works for quite some time now, as he has technically been a fashion free agent since last November.
Ghesquière’s arrival comes at a major time for a label that started transitioning towards "hyper-luxury" designs back in early October. Whether Ghesquière initially proposed such a facelift or it was, in fact, brought to him is a bit of a chicken-or-the-egg dilemma. We’re fairly confident, however, that Ghesquière will further the brand’s reputation for extravagant runway shows while also guiding its designs towards that aforementioned "hyper-luxury" territory.
Do you think Nicolas Ghesquière is the right fit for Louis Vuitton?