Nothing remains constant. People who we traditionally associate with certain fashion houses leave them and new designers come to rein. On the one hand, this is great because new blood makes difference we all need from time to time. But on the other hand, we get accustomed to something and feel really upset when realise we no longer have it.
This happened when Alexander McQueen died and now it touches Hermes who has lost genius Jean Paul Gaultier as their creative director. The iconic fashion designer has been working for Hermes since 2003.
The reason why he made up his mind to stop designing for the label is that he wants to pay more attention to his own brand. Although Hermes family feel very grateful to Jean Paul for his great job they can’t but feel frustrated by the fact he won’t create for them any more.
In a statement, Hermes said:
Hermes is deeply grateful to Jean Paul Gaultier for his outstanding creative contribution during these seven years.”
Jean Paul will be replaced by Lacoste creative director Christophe Lemaire in the job at the French luxury goods company. However, the changes will actually take place after the spring/summer 2011 collection is unveiled later this year. So, we will have one more chance to see Gaultier’s creations for Hermes.
Hermes and Jean Paul Gaultier won’t break the collaboration completely as Hermes owns a 45 per cent stake in Gaultier’s line.