It's official, Louis Vuitton has named Nicolas Ghesquière as the new creative director. The director of Balenciaga will begin his role immediately. After months of speculation, Ghesquière will replace Marc Jacobs, who is stepping down after 16 years.
Ghesquière spent 15 years at the helm of Balenciaga, and was considered a a phenomenal success.
Suzy Menkes of The International Herald Tribune said, “Nicolas Ghesquière 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.”
“Louis Vuitton has always incarnated for me the symbol of ultimate luxury, innovation and exploration," Ghesquière said today. "I am very honoured of the mission that I am entrusted with, and proud to join the history of this great maison. We share common values and a vision."
Vuitton stated that Ghesquière would bring "a modern creative vision to the house's women's collections, building on the values of refinement, savoir faire and extreme quality,"according to Woman's Wear Daily.