Louis Vuitton Might Replace Nicolas Ghesquière With Jonathan Anderson
The fashion industry, in case you haven’t heard, has been subjected to a bit of an overhaul recently, what with the virtual year-long exodus of creative directors from their posts. Many have been referring to it as a fashionable, kind of bitchy game of musical chairs—and, if we’re going to run with this analogy, then I frankly haven’t seen a more entertaining version of the game since the rather disturbing one that was depicted in the Scientology documentary Going Clear.
In the past year alone, Hedi Slimane abandoned his post at Saint Laurent, and was succeeded by Anthony Vaccarello; Raf Simons left Dior, and was replaced by Maria Grazia Chiuri; Alber Elbaz peaced Lanvin and Bouchra Jarrar was all, “Don’t mind if I do!” (re: she took over); Alexander Wang left Balenciaga and was replaced by Demna Gvasalia; Massimiliano Gion left Salvatore Ferragamo; creative directors Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli dipped out of Calvin Klein; and now, as of today, rumors abound that, after only designing for Louis Vuitton since its FW14 season, Nicolas Ghesquière will be stepping down as creative director of the women’s line, and may be replaced by Jonathan Anderson of J.W.Anderson and Loewe.
According to the Daily Mail, three sources have leaked the rumor, saying the order is coming from up above—that is, from LVMH boss Bernard Arnault—and, despite LVMH declining to comment, the decision is apparently “being actively discussed.” According to one of the sources, “People in the studio are expecting him (Ghesquière) to leave, possibly as early as after the October collection.” And yet, the news isn’t entirely surprising; in June, Ghesquière told a French TV channel that he has plans to start his own label. And then there’s this rather suggestive, seemingly shade-heavy Instagram he posted three weeks ago, in which he wrote, “Catching the sun while i am still working @louisvuitton,” (emphasis on the “@”).
We know what this change means for the high-powered designers it may or may not involve, but what does it mean for the average peasant—that is, for you and me? Well, for starters, that you, like, really don’t need to go to fashion school to succeed as a fashion designer; Jonathan Anderson, for those unaware, is not formally trained in design. If this does go through, it also might mean that Loewe will lose Jonathan Anderson as its creative director (and with him, some very nice, chunky knits). And finally, it will probably mark the end of Selena Gomez’s short-lived career as a high-fashion muse.
Our thoughts are with you, Selena.
Stay tuned to Milk for more on this developing story.
Photo via Niche Magazine.