Marc Jacobs has left the helm of Louis Vuitton after a successful 16-year career at the French fashion house. After the Spring 2014 show in Paris, Jacobs said farewell in order to focus on his own label. After much anticipation, the designer to fill the rather large couture shoes Jacobs left behind has been revealed. Via Twitter, Louis Vuitton announced that former Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiére will take over as creative director.
In an announcement made today, Ghesquiére states “Louis Vuitton had always incarnated for me the symbol of ultimate luxury, innovation and exploration,” Marie Claire reports. Luxury, innovation and exploration seem like carefully chosen adjectives after the release of behind-the-scenes stills from part two of L’Invitation Au Voyage, which feature David Bowie. An extended trailer was leaked on YouTube Nov. 3 and the full film is set to make its debut on Nov. 7.
Ghesquiere, much like Jacobs, boasts one of the most distinguished careers in contemporary fashion. In his youth, the French designer interned for Agnés B and Jean Paul Gaultier. In 1995 he began his career with Balenciaga and replaced Josephus Thimister as creative director in 1997. He left Balenciaga in 2012, after redefining the label’s aesthetic, and was replaced by Alexander Wang. His success and departure with the Spanish label made him a frontrunner for the Louis Vuitton spot.
Via Marie Claire