Last night, while half the world lived it up at yet another September Issue screening and the rest of us ate cotton candy and danced to The Rumble Strips at Charlotte Ronson's JC Penney bash, The Daily reported that Jean Paul Gaultier might be stepping down from his role as Creative Director of Hermes. He's been running the storied French house since Martin Margiela left in 2003 and done quite the successful job of maintaining Hermes' status while increasing its high fashion credibility, not to mention profitability. They announced that their second quarter sales were up 12% this year, a good amount, a great amount given the economic climate. And Hermes has a stake in Gaultier's own line which means the break will probably be amicable, or at least less messy than the recent Cortazar/Ungaro debacle. So now the fun part, if it's true and he goes on his way, who will take his spot? In our wildest dreams someone with a purely rock n' roll aesthetic would take on the classics. Christophe Decarnin? Giles? Chris Kane? We know it'll never happen, but the imaginary results are awesome.
Hermes Spring 2011: Au Revoir, Jean Paul
PARIS--Yesterday, Jean Paul Gaultier galloped away from Hermès in style. After seven years of loyal services, he announced last May that he was leaving. And last night, the whole fashion sphere gathered in the industrial space of La Halle Freyssinet to watch his final bow. The Spring 2011 collection accurately reflected the essence of the Gaultier-Hermès collaboration: bondage meets horseback riding, provocation meets tradition--and, as always, admirable tailoring, JP style