It’s official! Nicolas Ghesquière is the new Marc Jacobs. Confirmed today via Twitter, the former Balenciaga designer is poised to take over the women’s collections at luxury powerhouse Louis Vuitton as artistic director. “Louis Vuitton has always incarnated for me the symbol of ultimate luxury, innovation and exploration,” Ghesquière said of the news. “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.” His fall/winter 2014 collection for Louis Vuitton will debut during Paris Fashion Week in the spring, which seems forever away. So, in the meantime, we’ve pinpointed three things we know the French designer will bring to the table:
1. “It” Accessories
Ghesquière was responsible for introducing the Lariat bag to the world, which quickly amassed a celebrity fan base. More than a decade later, it’s still one of the most recognizable and coveted handbags today. But it’s not just the bag—killer heels were pined after with each passing season, displaying creative craftsmanship that took footwear into a whole new (fabulous) frontier. Case in point: The wild wing-shaped booties above (and let’s not forget the famous lego heels, also worn by Beyonce). Perhaps we’ll see more “It” accessories in Louis Vuitton’s future?
2. A Celebrity Following
The philosophy behind Ghesquière’s work? “Clothes have to do more today than merely make a woman feel beautiful,” he told InStyle. “They should make her feel confident she can play the game and do it her way.” It’s no wonder he’s so popular among A-listers, including Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett (above, in a stunning Balenciaga azure metallic dress). “I love the collaboration, to get inside the personality of a woman and make something special for her and for the moment.”
3. His Own Aesthetic
During his 15-year tenure at Balenciaga, Ghesquière made a point of not recreating founder Cristobal Balenciaga’s designs. “I prefer inspiration to reproduction. I love the colors, patterns and shapes I found, but for me, it’s all about the power of clothes,” he told InStyle. “My silhouette is very sharp, very defined. Even if an outfit’s mood is gentle and sensitive, it has to show strength.” How will this play into Louis Vuitton’s century-old heritage? The jury is still out, but one thing’s for sure: We can’t wait to see what he has in store for the world’s largest luxury brand.
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