Nicolas Ghesquière is the new artistic director of women’s collections at Louis Vuitton, reports Women’s Wear Daily. The position has been open since Marc Jacobs — the celebrated American designer who sat at the helm of the design house for 16 years — stepped down before the 2014 ready-to-wear runway show in Paris in October.
Louis Vuitton is thrilled to welcome Nicolas Ghesquière as artistic director of the women’s collections. pic.twitter.com/iEZkh38kdz
— Louis Vuitton (@LouisVuitton) November 4, 2013
The company said 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 WWD.
The French designer was hailed by critics for his work at Balenciaga, including Vogue’s Grace Coddington and Paris curator Olivier Saillard, who called it a “true renaissance.” The designer himself was dubbed one of the “stars of the brand reinvention era,” by WWD.
Ghesquière stepped down from Balenciaga last November after 15 years. In an interview with the London-based magazine System, Ghesquière discussed his issues with the management of the design house. He has subsequently been sued by Balenciaga for the interview, which the house has called harmful and a breach of contract. Balenciaga quickly replaced Ghesquière with young American designer Alexander Wang.
The Louis Vuitton appointment is a big step for Ghesquière. The brand is the largest in the luxury market based on sales, which in 2012 were around $10 billion.
He will produce his first collection for Louis Vuitton in March.