Stop speculating: IT IS OFFICIAL

Louis Vuitton has officially appointed as its new artistic director…and the winner is Nicolas Ghesquière! He will succeed to Marc Jacobs, who decided to leave the Maison after 16 years in order to focus on his own brand and its possible IPO. Nicolas will present its first collection for Louis Vuitton next March. For the brand, Ghesquière will bring “a modern creative vision to the house’s women’s collections, building on the values of refinement, savoir faire and extreme quality.”

Nicolas started his career as an assistant to Jean-Paul Gaultier. In the 1970s, Ghesquière was hired at Balenciaga as a freelancer to design uniforms and wedding dresses for the Japanese market. In 1997, he was promoted creative director of the Maison. Last November, he leaved Balenciaga after clashing with the management about the future of the company and was replaced by Alexander Wang.