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Nicolas Ghesquière Says He Wants to Launch His Own Label, and Soon

Will Louis Vuitton be the next fashion house to lose a creative director?
Nicolas Ghesquiere at the Louis Vuitton fall 2016 show in Paris. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Nicolas Ghesquiere at the Louis Vuitton fall 2016 show in Paris. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

It's certainly no secret that luxury fashion brands are having a tough time holding onto their creative directors these days. In the past year alone, Kering-owned Saint Laurent and Balenciaga lost their respective designers Hedi Slimane and Alexander Wang after just three years (though they were swiftly replaced with Anthony Vaccarello and Demna Gvasalia); and LVMH is currently out creative directors at both Christian Dior and Edun, where Raf Simons and Danielle Sherman both stepped down from their positions after three years. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, as a significant amount of other designer switch-ups have dominated industry headlines in recent months.

The latest creative director to express interest in making a move? Louis Vuitton's Nicolas Ghesquière — a fan favorite who took the helm at the brand in November 2013 after 15 years at Balenciaga. On Thursday, the designer stopped by French talk show "Le Petit Journal," where he charmingly touched upon a variety of topics, including Anna Wintour (the funniest person he knows), Selena Gomez (who's one of the nicest) and his feelings about the current wave of industry departures, specifically Alber Elbaz, Simons and Slimane. "It's sad, because there's beautiful associations; there are these grand houses who bring in these designers, and the designers bring them to a new stage," he said. "It's always sad to see those chapters end, but you always hope to see them somewhere else."

Ghesquière also insinuated that the situations regarding these top-level moves are never simple — and that he could, possibly, make a change of his own soon. When asked if he will launch his own line, Ghesquière slyly replied, "I hope so," followed up with, "I could do it," perhaps meaning that he could pull double duty with an eponymous label and his Louis Vuitton contract. When the interviewer pressed for a timeline, Ghesquière said with a grin: "I would like to do it soon. I don't have a date, but I'll come back to tell you." 

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We don't blame the man for playing coy, but this is not the first time he's mentioned his desire to start a label: Back in 2014, he told WSJ Magazine that he'd like to do it "one day," but at the time, he was fully dedicated to his work at Vuitton. We'll be keeping a close eye on this one, as it'd be a major move in the never-ending game of designer musical chairs.