Christophe Lemaire Says Goodbye to Hermès

Ladies and gentlemen, Christophe Lemaire has left the house – the house of Hermès, that is. The label just announced that the artistic director of womenswear will show his final collection for Spring/Summer 2015 during Paris Fashion Week this October.

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Image via vogue.co.uk.

Christophe, who took the creative helm from Jean Paul Gaultier in 2010, was dubbed a surprise choice for a replacement (he wasn’t widely known among the fashion set just yet). But over the next four years, Christophe’s sporty-chic style won the house critical acclaim, so much so that his Fall 2013 collection was praised by former New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn as “maybe [the top two or three] of the entire ready-to-wear season.”

Now, the designer is stepping down at Hermès to expand his own label. How does he feel about cutting ties? “Working for Hermès has been a great pleasure: a profoundly enriching experience on both a human and professional level,” Christophe said. “I am proud of what we have built together. My own label is growing in an important way and I now really want and need to dedicate myself to it fully.”

Although the label has not given a reason for the split or named a successor yet, Hermès CEO Axel Dumas seems to only have good things to say about Christophe: “I am very grateful to Christophe for the passion with which he has addressed and enriched the expression of our house in women’s ready-to-wear. Under his artistic direction, the métier has renewed its aesthetic and produced very satisfactory financial results.”

I, for one, am sad to see Christophe leave Hermès – but I can’t wait to see what he has in store for his own label’s future.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 22, 2014