Christophe Lemaire’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection for Hermès will debut at the Paris Fashion Week in October this year, and it will be his last showing for the French label. Lemaire took over as artistic director after Jean Paul Gaultier’s departure in 2010, and at the time, he seemed like an unlikely choice for Hermès. But, his sense of design – a fine balance between effortless attire and high-end French luxury – won over fashion critics and gave Hermès a fresh, approachable identity.
Before Hermès, Lemaire was creative director at Lacoste for a decade and now, he wants to focus on developing his eponymous label. “Working for Hermès has been a great pleasure: a profoundly enriching experience on both a human and professional level. I’m proud of what we have built together. My own label is growing in an important way and now, I really want and need to dedicate myself to it fully,” says Lemaire.
The French luxury house hasn’t announced Lemaire’s successor yet.
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