Nicolas Ghesquiere is officially confirmed as Louis Vuitton's new artistic director, as announced by the storied French label Monday morning.
After months of speculation, the former Balenciaga creative director is officially stepping in for Marc Jacobs, who stepped down from the role after presenting his last LV collection in Paris in October. Ghesquiere's first collection for fall 2014 will be presented in March.
Ghesquiere, who left Balenciaga last November, told System magazine about his experience at the company: "There wasn't really any direction.... I began to feel as though I was sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenize things."
Despite his abrupt departure, his designs were revered. As notable fashion journalist Suzy Menkes wrote in The New York Times, "Nicolas Ghesquiere is the most intriguing and original designer of his generation. His collections are explorations of shape, volume and embellishment that seem totally new -- yet reflect in a glancing, abstract way the style of the iconic design house that shelters him: Balenciaga."
Before leaving Balenciaga, Ghesquiere worked closely with Twilight star Kristen Stewart, who was the face for the French label's Florabotanica perfume.
Louis Vuitton is thrilled to welcome Nicolas Ghesquiere as artistic director of its women’s collections. pic.twitter.com/iEZkh38kdz
— Louis Vuitton (@LouisVuitton) November 4, 2013