Where does Louis Vuitton go with its men’s fashion business after saying goodbye to Kim Jones? This is the question the industry was asking after the British designer said farewell to the house with his fall/winter 2018 collection at the Grand Palais in Paris on January 18.
Jones stepped down after seven years as Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Artistic Director. At the finale, he walked down the runway with Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. The two supermodels wore the latest patent trench coats printed with the LV monogram.
“Mr. Jones has been widely applauded for revitalising the Vuitton men’s wear line for a younger generation, mixing the house’s travel heritage (at the highest end of the price spectrum) with a more street-friendly style,” said The New York Times.
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The newspaper added: “Less than 24 hours after news of Mr. Jones’ exit broke, rumours that [Virgil] Abloh was considered a possible candidate for the position at Louis Vuitton were being bandied about, but Mr. Abloh said that he had ‘no clue’ about that.”
Saying that a successor would be announced in “due course”, Michael Burke, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton paid tribute to Jones’ work: “It has been a huge privilege to work with Kim. His ability to set trends is impeccable, and his talent and determination have ensured that Louis Vuitton is firmly placed as the leading brand in luxury menswear today. All of us who have been fortunate to work with Kim wish him continued success in his next venture.”
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