Talk about dramatic exits. After months of speculation, it was confirmed yesterday morning at the dark showgirl-inspired Louis Vuitton Spring ’14 show that Marc Jacobs would step down as creative director of the storied French fashion house.
Executives at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton confirmed in an article in Women’s Wear Daily that Jacobs, who has held the position for 16 years, is leaving to focus on taking his namesake brand public.
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Known for spectacular sets and theatrics, Wednesday’s show — one of the closing events at Paris Fashion Week — didn’t disappoint. Jacobs paid tribute to some of his greatest hits. Ominous all-black ensembles embellished with fishnets, feathers and sparkly beading sizzled down a runway that featured a giant carousel, twin escalators and a hotel elevator — all from previous LV shows.
The program notes were dedicated to the women who inspired Jacobs and “the showgirl in every one of them.” It all ended with a standing ovation for the designer.
Now begins the guessing game about who will take Jacobs’ place at the luxury brand. So far all bets are on Nicolas Ghesquiere, the former designer of Balenciaga.