I was excited to learn yesterday that Nicolas Ghesquiere is taking over at Louis Vuitton, after the sad departure of Marc Jacobs. Although Jacobs has revived the French fashion house from a luggage company to a fashion front-runner, I’m a big fan of Ghesquiere’s work at Balenciaga (he brought his own style to the Spanish label, while harking back to the original designs of Cristobal Balenciaga himself), so I’m keen to see what he’ll do at Vuitton. Ghesquiere shocked critics in his early days at Balenciaga, so I’m wondering if he’ll totally reinvent Louis Vuitton and cause waves in fashion once again, or if he’ll make his mark simply, respecting the work that Jacobs has done over the past sixteen years.
There have been quite some changes in fashion of late, from McQueen’s death (2010) and Galliano’s dismissal (2011) to these very current developments. Change can be difficult, but, despite loving Ghesquiere’s work at Balenciaga, I adore what Alexander Wang has done there in the two seasons since Ghesquiere’s departure and, now that Marc Jacobs is focusing on his own brand, I’m hopeful that I’ll love what Ghesquiere does at Louis Vuitton.
One thing’s for sure: it’s an exciting time for fashion, whether we like it or not.