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Well I certainly disagree with that because I have personally never cared about any of his collections for LV besides maybe his last SS18 collection where there was finally some modernity. I know plenty of men who buy the bags, shoes and accessories but I know very few who actually buy the RTW.

His clothes are practical and safe but they don't excite me like Ghesquiere's collections. When I look at what he does and then I look at Kim's work I can't help but be disappointed. I think it's telling when they even use men in their campaigns to advertise the womenswear.

I also think futuristic is a fitting term to describe Nicolas's vision when you look at his runways, choice of textiles and make-up. Obviously I don't mean it in the literal sense that I always expect to see metal, glass, shine etc. but it's mainly the ideas and concepts that resonate.
Even by recontextualising the past with this whole notion of PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE, (which I love mind you) it still feels very modern and fresh to me. It's LV for the modern, trendy woman while Kim's vision to me felt like it was stuck in another time zone.
Then again, how can you blame the schizophrenia if the suits decide to put two separate creative directors in place for the men's and women's lines? I don't think it would be fair to demand from Kim Jones to emulate Nicolas Ghesquiere's work on the womenswear side if the two collections are handled like completely separate entities to begin with (similar to when Dior Homme was established as a totally independent venture from Galliano's womenwear). Besides that, even Balenciaga menswear had been merely supervised by Ghesquiere so I think it's safe to say he is not by priority a designer that handles men's and womenswear by equal parts.

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What if Kim Jones will head to Versace? That was the initial rumour. Besides, Kane was a Donatella hire and he's not that far off from Jones.
Deep down In really just hoping for a unified Burberry under Philo.

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The rumor is that Nicolas is taking over Kim's role (temporarily?) and combining LV mens+womens in one show next season.

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I know this is quite a wild idea, but I would love to see what he could do with Prada's menswear or Linea Rossa...

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The rumor is that Nicolas is taking over Kim's role (temporarily?) and combining LV mens+womens in one show next season.
It sounds credible and actually great. His womenswear has been very androgynous lately and he has so much men in his campaigns....


Kim Jones may headed to Burberry yes. There he will be able to merge his streetwear influence to the heritage of the house. But there is this non-compete agreement thing. Technically he will not be able to design for a fashion house until the FW19.

Maybe he will do something à la Riccardo and do side projects...

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The rumor is that Nicolas is taking over Kim's role (temporarily?) and combining LV mens+womens in one show next season.
Now that would be exciting.

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The rumor is that Nicolas is taking over Kim's role (temporarily?) and combining LV mens+womens in one show next season.
That sounds terrible. I’m not a fan of co-ed fashion shows, especially when one gets more attention than the other. This is going to be a disaster for LV menswear. It was good while it lasted I suppose.

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Maybe he will do something à la Riccardo and do side projects...
Hopefully he will not be tempted to become a part time ego-blogger of sorts, sharing pictures of himself prowling around infinity pools while surrounded by his gang of models.

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Hopefully he will not be tempted to become a part time ego-blogger of sorts, sharing pictures of himself prowling around infinity pools while surrounded by his gang of models.
For once, i can't really blame for that. It's not like he could have worked for another house right after Givenchy....

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Carolina Herrera is leaving her own brand and Wes Gordon is taking over.

I think this is a very welcome change - I was devastated when Gordon shuttered his own brand because I think he is a very talented designer. Whether he has the liberty to create great things at Herrera, though - is up for question.

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Carolina Herrera’s Last Bow
By VANESSA FRIEDMAN, FEB. 9, 2018

On Monday, Carolina Herrera will step out after her show at the Museum of Modern Art to wave to her audience as she has for the last 37 years. She will be, as usual, impeccably coiffed and composed, most likely in a white shirt and dark skirt with glowing white pearls in her ears. As usual, her husband, Reinaldo, will be in the audience, along with their daughters, Patricia and Carolina Jr.

But her daughters from her first marriage, Mercedes and Ana Luisa, will also be there. So will Bianca Jagger, who was at her first show in 1981. So will her old friend Calvin Klein. So will 25 of the men and women from her sample room, clad in their white coats. And so will Wes Gordon, a 31-year-old who has been her creative consultant for the last 11 months. Because with that wave, Mrs. Herrera, as she is known to pretty much everyone, is also waving goodbye to the runway.

As of Feb. 13 she is taking a new job in her company as global brand ambassador, and Mr. Gordon is becoming creative director.

“Just don’t say I am retiring,” the 79-year-old said with a dismissive wave. She was sitting on a chocolate-and-cream striped silk settee in her chocolate-and-cream striped domain on the 17th floor of a building in the garment district with view of the Empire State Building. “I am not retiring! I am moving forward.”

She chose her new title. She is going to proselytize at store events worldwide. She is going to leverage her living legend status — what Emilie Rubinfeld, the president of the brand, calls “the Carolina effect” — to the benefit of her company. She is going to spend more time at home with her husband, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

But she is not, she said, “going to wake up every day worried about where to put the sleeve, or whether the skirt should be long or short” — which is another way of saying she is not going to be designing. Polished discretion has always been part of her signature.

No matter what you call it, the transition is another generational change for New York fashion.

And to Mrs. Herrera’s loyal band of customers, such as Renée Zellweger, who wore Herrera to the Oscars in 2004, 2008 and 2013, and Caroline Kennedy, who wore it to her wedding, that can be an unsettling thing. Especially because fashion, while it loves change, has historically been bad at it when it comes to handing over power.

It’s a complicated, fraught decision, with its intimations of mortality and loss of control — especially for those whose names are above the door. Some have ignored it (see: Azzedine Alaïa, who died unexpectedly last November without a succession plan for his business), while others in Mrs. Herrera’s peer group have tried to solve it, with varying degrees of success.

Before he died, Oscar de la Renta appointed a successor, Peter Copping, who was supposed to work by his side and learn his ways, but Mr. de la Renta passed away before that could happen and Mr. Copping clashed with the remaining family and left after a year. Diane von Furstenberg has named numerous design heirs, planning to concentrate on her work as a women’s advocate, but thus far all have lasted two years or less. (Jonathan Saunders, her most recent chief creative officer, left in December, and she named Nathan Jenden chief design officer in January.)

Mrs. Herrera had an uncomfortable moment in the spotlight in late 2016 — a rare display of dirty laundry from a house known for always appearing perfectly pressed — when she got embroiled in a court case with the Oscar de la Renta company and it was revealed that her former chief executive, François Kress, had plotted to have her replaced by the designer Laura Kim. Who, in an only-in-fashion twist, had reportedly come to work for Herrera on the promise of ascension after leaving de la Renta when Mr. Copping was hired, but who then left Herrera to return to de la Renta when she discovered that Mrs. Herrera had not been consulted on the plan and was none too pleased with it. (In the end the case was settled, and Mr. Kress left.)

Whether it was that experience that set Mrs. Herrera thinking about the future she won’t say — when asked, she made a moue of distaste and talked about the importance of not looking back — but it has been on her mind for about two years. In part because the demands on designers have become evermore extreme.

“There’s a collection every six weeks,” she said. “They would say, ‘Can you go to the store opening in Dubai?’ ‘No, I have a show.’”

Besides, Mrs. Herrera continued, “fashion has changed a lot. What they like now is ugliness. Women dress in a very strange way. Like clowns. There is a lot of pressure to change all the time. But it’s better to wear what suits you. Add something new and you have a great look. Consistency is important.”

It’s an axiom that has carried her to $1.4 billion in annual sales, the company reports, and a spot in the best-dressed hall of fame, so you can understand why she would want her creative director to be someone who bought into it. Someone who wouldn’t want to remake everything in their image. Someone who would understand their place in the Herrera universe and appreciate, for example, the other aphorisms she scribbles on ecru-colored “Carolina Herrera” notepads in her looping script, and then hides away in her desk drawers to read as necessary: “The easiest way to look old is to dress young.” “Elegance is to be remembered.” “Getting old is all the things you have not managed to do”

(The desk, by the way, was made to order in Africa by a Spanish designer, with an inlay in the shape of her first label, which is the kind of detail she appreciates.)

Mr. Gordon, who joined the house as creative consultant last March on the suggestion of Ms. Rubinfeld, just after he shuttered his own brand, fit the bill.

A gangly and charming Southerner who experienced a moment in a spotlight when he introduced his own brand straight out of Central Saint Martins in 2009 and was a two-time finalist for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund, Mr. Gordon was known for his unabashed embrace of an uptown aesthetic, a rare thing among young designers largely focused on street style and the conceptual. He and Mrs. Herrera had a mind-meld over words like “civilized” and “luxury” and “bold femininity,” and the fact that for both of them, the goal was not “cool” but “beautiful.”

Having been through the ups and downs of his own label, Mr. Gordon was happy to have her at every fitting, and have her sign off on every design. “There’s something refreshing about working within a framework of a brand,” he said. Also not having to worry about orders and whether you could pay for your production.

Still, he had no idea he was effectively trying out for a bigger job. Mrs. Herrera did not really discuss it with anyone apart from her husband. “I made the decision,” she said. “Only me.”

In January she told Ms. Rubinfeld; Puig, the Spanish group that specializes in fragrance and owns Herrera; and Mr. Gordon. Mr. Gordon said his reaction could be characterized as “surreal.” Though the runway line, for which Mrs. Herrera was responsible, and which Mr. Gordon will take over, along with bridal, is a relatively small part of the business compared to CH, the lower-priced line created via license in Spain, not to mention the fragrances, it is still the halo whose glow sells the rest. (There are only three Carolina Herrera New York stores in the United States, and one in Harrods, compared to 350 CH stores globally.)

Though Mrs. Herrera is keeping her office, with its Warhol portrait, Vogue-quality photos and rearing bronze horse, she will no longer come in every day. “You have to prepare your mind for the reality that you are not going to be doing what you are accustomed to do,” she said. In any case, she will be busy with brand diplomacy.

Still, the multiple portraits of her and her family by Robert Mapplethorpe will remain on the wall. Her daughters Patricia (a consultant for special projects) and Carolina Jr. (creative director for fragrance) will remain with the company. Mr. Gordon will stay in his design office across the hall, with its mood boards and fabric swatches. For the moment, everyone is convinced they have found a happy medium for the future.

Which is why Mrs. Herrera’s final collection will not be a retrospective, and why she insists she is not going to cry (Ms. Rubinfeld, on the other hand, expects it to be an emotional evening). As for next season, when Mr. Gordon takes his runway bow?

“I’ll be in the front row,” Mrs. Herrera chortled. “I am so excited.”
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^ So surely it's not Lanvin as has been speculated ...

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eh, maybe it's just some Karl by Karl Lagerfield? Isn't Karl into him right now? ...

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