LVMH Say Louis Vuitton's New Designer Has Not Yet Been Decided - Let's Take A Look At Who's In The Running

11 October 2013 by

Marc Jacobs takes his bow on the Spring/Summer 2014 Louis Vuitton runway [Rex]

Marc Jacobs takes his bow on the Louis Vuitton runway [Rex]

Since Marc Jacobs' recent departure, rumours are flying about who is set to fill his shoes at Louis Vuitton. Today, a spokesperson for LVMH has told WWD that 'nothing has been decided' (yet), so as we still can’t confirm LV's next designer, we thought we’d take a trip to fashion fantasyland and come up with our own list of potential candidates...

1.       Nicolas Ghesquière

The front runner for sure, Ghesquiere’s appointment has already been announced by several media channels. However, Louis Vuitton have remained tight-lipped suggesting a possible jump of the gun. Either way, he'd certainly be a super strong appointment and can expect to see some killer designs. He's the master of the completely original, game-changing accessory and has shown an ability to reinterpret the archives from classic sack-back and cocoon pieces and remodel them for a new generation.

Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton?

Nicolas Ghesquière [Getty]

2.       Phoebe Philo

When it comes to totally changing the fashion landscape, Phoebe Philo is peerless. During her tenure at Chloe and now at Celine, Philo has redefined what is cool time and time again. From '60s bohemia to clinical minimalism, Phoebe’s taste becomes our taste. Her most recent collection for Celine was a triumphant, pigment-filled affair, and we’d love to see her apply her pioneering silhouettes and sensitivity for colour to the brand’s heritage. It would also be great to see a female designer’s take on the archives – and who wouldn’t die for some Phoebe Philo designed luggage?

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Phoebe Philo [Getty]

3.       Raf Simons

Ok, ok, we know that Raf looks pretty happy at Dior and his modernistic taste has fused unexpectedly well with the house’s upscale femininity. But sometimes it’s the most unlikely combinations that are the best. With there is a certain discipline that comes for working with such a storied maison as Dior, at Louis Vuitton, Raf would be freer to express his street sensibility and add a heavy dose of edge to his couture inspired ladylike cuts.

Raf Simons [Getty]

4.       Riccardo Tisci

The prince of darkness, Riccardo’s modern goth vibe would offer a new direction for Louis Vuitton. His popularity with pop cultural icons and music stars would play well to Louis Vuitton’s profile and his affinity for social connectivity – Riccardo is major Instagrammer – would make him a great replacement for the media savvy Jacobs. If anyone could add yet more verve and energy to the imagining of the LV logo, its Givenchy’s head honcho.

LVMH Says Louis Vuitton's New Designer Has Not Yet Been Choosen, So Who's In The Running?

Riccardo Tisci with Rooney Mara [Getty]

5.       Sarah Burton

Imagine Louis Vuitton’s massive catwalk productions as directed by a woman who understands both the power of drama and costume in fashion. A Sarah Burton show for Louis Vuitton would be mystical, off-kilter and a joy to behold. Think of the leaf strewn show for her first McQ catwalk show but one a grander scale. Sarah would also bring her royal connections to Louis Vuitton, adding a regal vibe one of the world’s most valuable luxury brands.

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Sarah Burton with Florence Welch and Cate Blanchett [Getty]

So what say you? Place your bets now!


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