44 posts tagged "Nicolas Ghesquiere"
For those who didn’t get their fill after Marc Jacobs’ decadent, retrospective farewell show in October, the designer today presented a bonus swan song for Louis Vuitton: the Spring ’14 campaign. Lensed by Steven Meisel, the ads pay tribute to Jacobs’ Vuitton muses, including Catherine Deneuve, Sofia Coppola, Caroline de Maigret, Gisele Bündchen, Edie Campbell, and Fan Bingbing. They may have been Jacobs’ inspirations, but we have a feeling these leading ladies will stay in the Vuitton family under Nicolas Ghesquière’s reign.
Chanel held its Western-themed Métiers d’Art show in Dallas last night, and following the spectacular, the house announced that Kristen Stewart (who flew to Texas to watch the runway romp) will star in the house’s Pre-Fall campaign. Stewart has been the face of Balenciaga’s Florabotanica fragrance since 2012, and, given her well-documented friendship with Nicolas Ghesquière, we’re wondering if there’s a Louis Vuitton campaign in her future, too. The Chanel ads will be lensed by Lagerfeld, and are set to debut in May 2014.
Last night in London, Marc Jacobs and his pal and collaborator, the legendary, leather-clad interior architect Peter Marino (you know, the Mohawked character who’s designed stores for everyone from Chanel to Louis Vuitton), sat down for a candid discussion at the Tate Modern. Topics ranged from Marino’s latest art acquisition (a Christopher Wool, whose retrospective is currently on view at the Guggenheim) to Jacobs’ final Louis Vuitton set (“I didn’t know what to do, so we did it all in black,” he said). Jacobs somewhat surprisingly revealed that even superstar designers get scared—especially when it comes to taking their companies public, as he is in the process of doing. “[It's] a healthy fear,” he offered. “I don’t know where it’s all going to go. I learned a lot from working for Vuitton.” And how does Jacobs feel about his successor at the storied French house? “He is a brilliant designer, and he’ll do something completely different. I’ve always admired Nicolas [Ghesquière]. I’m curious to see what he’ll do. We have such different aesthetics. Things need to change. I’m really glad someone I respect and admire and think is a really great talent is there.”
After months of rumors (and a few preemptive confirmations), Louis Vuitton has finally made it official: Nicolas Ghesquière is the house’s new creative director. “I am very honored 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. Together, we will build the future of the brand while preserving its precious heritage,” the former Balenciaga designer said in a statement. Following in the footsteps of Marc Jacobs, who became Vuitton’s first creative director in 1997, Ghesquière will present his debut collection for the house in March. And, considering the forward-thinking and frenzy-inducing luxury looks he produced in his previous role (Fall 2012′s sci-fi sweatshirts, anyone?), we have a feeling that a whole new generation of on-the-pulse women is going to be lusting after LV.
Fifteen years ago, Phaidon published The Fashion Book. As its title suggests, the book quickly became the definitive resource for the fashion curious and industry mainstay alike—an A-to-Z guide to the field’s central influencers, with pages devoted to everyone from Vivienne Westwood and Helmut Newton to Oscar Wilde. Last night at Topshop in Soho, Phaidon celebrated the release of an updated version of The Fashion Book. The tome features seventy-two fresh entries (Style.com among them), and boasts pages devoted to individuals such as Nicolas Ghesquière, Tilda Swinton, and others.
The fete’s main event was a panel discussion moderated by Parsons the New School for Design’s dean, Simon Collins. It included Vera Wang, Iris Apfel, and our very own Dirk Standen. The group focused on what it means to be iconic (“Being an icon implies a very distinct point of view, which is rather rare today,” said Apfel), the figures who inspire them (“It’s people who never really sold out, someone like Peter Saville,” said Standen), and, in reference to Rick Owens’ recent statement-making show, what it means for an icon to change and evolve. On that topic, Wang offered, “Mr. Lagerfeld said to me once, ‘Vera, if you really can’t change and you can’t go with the times and you can’t realize how the world is becoming a different place, then it’s time for you to leave.’ So it’s somewhere between that fine line of adapting every decade and sticking to what you believe in and furthering your craft.” It was an honest and up-front dialogue about the connotations of holding influence in the industry today—a fitting prelude to The Fashion Book of the millennial era.
The Fashion Book New Edition, $59.95, will be available from Phaidon beginning October 14.