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Louis Vuitton Denies Report That Nicolas Ghesquiere Is Leaving the Brand

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Nicolas Ghesquiere and Alicia Vikander at the 2016 Met Gala

The house refuted the report that Jonathan Anderson is taking over as the new creative director.

Following a report that Nicolas Ghesquiere will step down from his post after only three short years at the helm of Louis Vuitton, the French fashion house has denied the rumor. According to Business of Fashion, "Louis Vuitton has categorically denied the report that it is considering a change of creative director."

Reuters first reported the news that LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault was looking to change things up at the luxury label, citing three internal sources that suggest Jonathan Anderson — the five-time British Fashion Award-winner and current designer at LVMH-owned label, Loewe, as well as his own eponymous line — was to take Ghesquiere's place. 

According to the report, Ghesquiere was set to leave as soon as October following the presentation of the spring 2017 collection at Paris Fashion Week. It was rumored that the 45-year-old was planning to launch his own label. 

Ghesquiere was appointed the artistic director of the women's collection of Louis Vuitton in 2013, following a 15-year stint at Balenciaga. The French designer's first few collections for the brand were hailed as successes by critics.  

Under his eye, Louis Vuitton also built up quite the squad of fresh-faced celebrity ambassadors, including Selena Gomez, Jaden Smith and Alicia Vikander. Not to mention, Vuitton dressed a whopping 10 celebrities at this year's Met Gala, including Taylor Swift, Grimes, Michelle Williams and Lea Seydoux. Ghesquiere and Gomez are especially close — the pair posed together earlier this year for the cover of Vogue Brazil.

Should he leave, Ghesquiere wouldn't be the only designer to head out after only three short years. Hedi Slimane, Raf Simons and his Balenciaga successor, Alexander Wang, are among the big names to depart major luxury houses after a brief runs.

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