Jean Paul Gaultier, also known as the “enfant terrible de la mode” and the creator of Madonna’s infamous cone bra, stepped down as head designer of Hermès a few days ago.
I was pretty upset when I found out about this. While JPG isn’t my favorite designer, I do love him and the work he did for Hermès. It was a fabulous mix of his eccentricity and French classiness. He was able to rein in his wildness and create amazing collections one after another. I actually prefer his Hermès collections to his own namesake brands (yes, and the line he did for Target).
The last collection he will show for the brand is the Spring/Summer 2011, which will be shown in Paris in October. I’m sure this will be a much coveted ticket, and of course, an amazing show.
The new designer who will be taking the helm of the 173 year old brand is Christian Lemaire. He is currently the creative director of Lacoste and previously worked for Christian Lacroix before starting his own brand, and then moving on to Lacoste.
After reading up on Lemaire, I think that he might make an excellent replacement for Gaultier, who had been the head designer for six years. Lemaire worked at Christian Lacroix, so he has the creativeness and couture aspect down, but he also spent nine years at Lacoste, so he will appeal to the preppy, classic side of Hermès as well.
I am excited to see his first show, which will be Fall Winter 2011/12, I hope he can live up to both the Hermès name and the crown passed down by Jean Paul Gaultier.
Below are some of the wonderful looks Gaultier created for Hermès over the years.