After much speculation and months of near-confirmation, Balenciaga’s former designer Nicolas Ghesquière has been confirmed as artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s women’s collection, effective immediately.
Ghesquière’s departure and subsequent rift with Balenciaga left a hole for Alexander Wang to fill, but the bigger question still seemed to be where Nicolas would go next. With Marc Jacobs’ decision to leave Louis Vuitton and focus on his own brand, Louis Vuitton seemed like the obvious place – it was only a matter of time before confirmation – and now we have it. Ghesquière’s first collection for Louis Vuitton will show in Paris during the fall collections in March.
Considering Louis Vuitton’s current push to scale back proliferation of its logo and escalate the aesthetic, Ghesquière seems a perfect choice. Part of his clash with executives at Balenciaga came from a disagreement over future direction for the house – Ghesquière insisted on pushing the boundaries and upping the elite factor, while Kering, Balenciaga’s family company, had a different, more commercial vision.
With Ghesquière at the helm, Louis Vuitton is poised for critical acclaim. His talents have been missed, and we’re excited to see him back in action.