Finally there is a bit of stability in the merry-go-round world of fashion
Nicolas Ghesquière confirmed to stay at Louis Vuitton
At a time when many fashion designers seem to be intent on playing musical chairs between brands, French house Louis Vuitton has confirmed that its artistic director for womenswear, Nicolas Ghesquière, has renewed his contract with the house, quashing any rumours that the designer had been considering a departure.
Ghesquière joined Vuitton five years ago, taking over from Marc Jacobs. During his tenure, he has brought a unifying vision to the house, drawing together the different elements of travel, history and modern life to create bold collections that have proved a hit with customers (including one Madam Macron of France).
He has collaborated with artist Jeff Koons and staged fashion shows in spectacular locations, such as the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Pierre Cardin’s Bubble House in France, and Rio de Janeiro’s Niterói Contemporary Art Museum by Oscar Niemeyer.
Of the signing, Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of the brand's parent group, LVMH, said: “I am very happy that we are continuing our Louis Vuitton womens wear journey with Nicolas. His vision, talent and creativity place him as one of the best designers in the world today."
By confirming his commitment to Vuitton, Ghesquière is offering continuity and stability, a precious commodity that many houses seem to lack at present. Add to that the recent signing of Virgil Abloh as menswear designer, and Louis Vuitton is operating from a position of real strength.
“I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago,” Ghesquière explained. “Balancing an incredible heritage with a constant quest for innovation has always been an essential part of my work; it is also at the center of the history of this company and I look forward to further develop the codes we have implemented over the last years.”
Ghesquière’s employer, Michael Burke, chairman & CEO of Louis Vuitton added: “I am excited to continue working with Nicolas and the energy he brings to Louis Vuitton. He has established a strong, daring Louis Vuitton aesthetic imbued with the spirit of the House and his own sensibility. I am particularly proud of our achievements together and I look forward to seeing where the next years will take us.”