Often regarded as a leading fashion visionary, Nicolas Ghesquière has been renovating Louis Vuitton for more than three years now. Those who particularly love his work for the French fashion house may, however, want to hold their breath for a few seconds now, as insistent rumors reveal that Nicolas Ghesquière is thinking of launching his own, eponymous label. Although not having indicated an exact date yet, Nicolas Ghesquière has revealed his ambition to launch his very own fashion line “soon”, leaving us wondering whether this could mean a possible departure from Louis Vuitton too.
Less than a week ago, on Thursday, Nicolas, who was once at the helm of Balenciaga, was invited to the French talk show ‘Le Petit Journal’ (on French TV channel Canal +) where he talked about a lot of sensitive issues, such as Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane and Alber Elbaz and their departures, as well as about what’s happening within the fashion industry in general (for instance, the change in fashion week schedules). He openheartedly declared his points of views, stating that seeing such creative minds exit some of the world’s most innovating fashion houses is “sad”, because “there’s beautiful associations; there are these grand houses who bring in these designers, and the designers bring them to a new stage. It’s always sad to see those chapters end, but you always hope to see them somewhere else.”
He then stated that such decisions are never easy, and he even broached the possibility of starting his own fashion line in the nearest future. It is not the first time Ghesquière makes such statements (we still remember when he revealed to The Wall Street Journal his intention of launching an eponymous line back in 2014), and his declarations led ‘Le Petit Journal’ host Yann Barthès ask Ghesquière whether he actually had a launch date in mind or not. Ghesquière replied: “I would like to do it soon. I don’t have a date, but I’ll come back to tell you.”
If so, does it mean he will step down from Louis Vuitton? Given the fact that he spent fifteen years at Balenciaga and only three at LV so far, on the one hand we could hope he will follow a similar path, allowing Louis Vuitton to grow and innovate itself. On the other hand, more and more fashion designers are starting to make their voices heard, especially regarding the industry’s busy and exhausting schedules that are always demanding more, stunting the designers’ creativity.
Working on an eponymous line means working according to one’s own terms, and that’s maybe what Ghesquière is looking for. We, however, also have to keep in mind that LVMH does not prevent its fashion designers from working both at any of its labels and at their own fashion lines. Marc Jacobs had an eponymous line while working for Louis Vuitton, and Jonathan Anderson currently works at his own line, while also being Loewe’s creative director.
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