Yesterday Nicolas Ghesquière was confirmed as creative director of women’s collections at Louis Vuitton. The role has been open since Marc Jacobs presented his final collection for SS14 in October, one of the most talked about shows during fashion month. There is no doubt Jacobs left on top – the shoes to fill are huge. I’m not sure anyone is looking for Ghesquière to revitalize the house the way Jacobs did when he took over in 1997. But find a new direction, yes, something consistent to what the house has become known for: luxury and timelessness executed in collections with a strong point of view shown in epic fashion shows. Most definitely.
Ghesquière’s reign at Balenciaga allowed him to create clothes with multiple dimensions; there was always more than what met the eye. Not many designers can produce beautiful AND technical AND wearable AND completely unique collections that also fulfill the commercial component. Not to mention his accessories developed a cult following. Ghesquière knew what we wanted to wear before we did. And his interpretations on various themes surprised the fashion set season after season, in a good way! Jacobs turned Louis Vuitton, formerly a leather goods company into a hotly anticipated house-to-watch during his time there. Ghesquière does bring a French likeness to the house Jacobs did not. He will have that perspective along with Jacobs’ archives and Vuitton’s history of leather goods and monogram to draw from and further solidify his mark on fashion history.
Ghesquière photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, 2001