Say what?! Two luxury house shake-ups in one week?
C’est vrai. WWD announced that Jean Paul Gaultier and Hermès are parting ways after 7 years. Hermès has already appointed Christophe Lemaire as artistic director.
You know, Christophe Lemaire. The guy who, over the past 5 years, has created buzz for French active brand Lacoste. Not that that’s something to mess with, but Lacoste isn’t exactly a luxury house. But wait. After some digging I discovered that Lemaire also has his own namesake line, and he was trained by Christian Lacroix, Jean Patou, Yves Saint Laurent and Thierry Mugler. Ok so now we’re talking. He won the Andam scholarship back in ’91 and has had his own line ever since (albeit under the radar, at least to me). However, his website only shows Fall 09 and Spring 10 collections. Christophe Lemaire also has his own shop in Paris’ le Marais neighborhood which sells his brand as well as some of Lacoste’s CLUB line. I have full intent to check it out this weekend.
Jean Paul Gaultier’s last Hermès collection for Spring 11 will be showed in Paris this October, and then Lemaire will take over. Gaultier will then focus on his own rtw and haute couture collections.