2016 has been quite a crazy year of the fashion industry, and we’re only a little more than halfway done.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s happened so far: Raf Simons quit Dior and has been succeeded by Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri. He’s also rumoured to be joining Calvin Klein, where Francisco Costa departed after 13 years as the brand’s creative head. Albert Elbaz was pushed out of Lanvin and replaced by Bouchra Jarrar. Heidi Slimane left Saint Laurent and his position was taken over by Anthony Vaccarello.
As if the current state of fashion-designer-switcheroo isn’t confusing enough, here’s another piece of news to add fuel to the fashion fire: Nicolas Ghesquière might be leaving Louis Vuitton.
According to a report by news agency Reuters, sources with “knowledge close to the matter” said that CEO of LVMH, the parent company overseeing brands like Louis Vuitton and Loewe, Bernard Arnault, is looking to replace Nicolas Ghesquière.
A possible reason for this shift is that while Ghesquière’s ultra-modern and ultra-chic designs are a critical hit, the brand might not be doing as well commercially under his helm.
And the name that’s top on Arnault’s hiring list is Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson, who the former reportedly adores for his playful, artsy creations.
Here’s the catch — Ghesquière’s contract with Louis Vuitton won’t be up until 2018, and Louis Vuitton has denied the rumours, but this won’t be the first time a brand has refuted gossip only for it to come true.
So is he or is he not leaving? While we love industry gossip as much as the next person, we’re hoping this is one that won’t be realised. With his clever designs and reinterpretations of Louis Vuitton classics, Ghesquière has made his way into our hearts and we’re not sure we’re ready to say goodbye.