Vanity Fair scored the first interview with designer Nicolas Ghesquière since he was appointed the creative director of Louis Vuitton. Inquiring minds wanted to know where he would take the iconic fashion house. Questions were answered after his first ready-to-wear collection for Louis Vuitton stomped down the runway. We even have a new “it” bag, but his story proved to be well worth the wait.
Contributing editor Ingrid Sischy penned a beautiful piece profiling Ghesquière’s rise into the fashion world, starting at the age of 14. The designer is directly quoted only sporadically, and perhaps the most fascinating part of the profile is how many of his fellow creatives wax poetic when speaking of him. The designer scored his first break as a summer intern at Agnès B, and while Agnès admitted she doesn’t remember his work, she does remember him:
“I remember his face. His eyes are strong and clear. There are the eyes and there is the look—le regard. His has something in common with Montgomery Clift.”
According to those at Louis Vuitton, Ghesquière was the only real choice for Marc Jacobs‘ predecessor:
“There was only Nicolas,” said Michael Burke, C.E.O. of Vuitton. “We are under an obligation of maintaining a standard of boldness after the brilliant job that Marc Jacobs did. We had to have somebody as great as Nicolas. We couldn’t go into it saying, We’re going to play it safe.”
He has saved model Stella Tennant from sartorial boredom:
“I didn’t feel like a filler when I modeled in his shows. I felt like a person.” Even a fugitive. “We all wear trousers and dresses and skirts, so when someone comes up with something that you haven’t seen before, there’s magic. Like those black boots that he did, with buckles on one side and mad metal studs on the sole. I still get a lot of hassle wearing those boots through airport security, but it’s worth it.”
He has a strong personal relationship with actress Jennifer Connelly:
“His silhouettes are architectural, but they’re not trying to wear the individual who is inhabiting them. He has such a sense of proportion, in every way,” she said.
Legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve is a fan:
“He is not someone who is trying to make you look pretty,” she said. “It’s something much deeper than that. He doesn’t want to be loved—he wants people to see something that they remember.”
And even Karl Lagerfeld has faith:
“Of course, he will have to re-invent himself,” he said, “but he is gifted and the energy is good for Paris.”
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