Jean Paul Gaultier to step down from Hermès
After seven years at the helm of Hermès, Jean Paul Gaultier is stepping down from his role as creative director. He will leave the fashion house following the release of the spring/summer 2011 collection. The label announced his departure yesterday.
"After seven fruitful years of creative partnership, Hermès and Jean-Paul Gaultier artistic director of women's ready-to-wear, have decided to bring to an end their collaboration allowing Jean-Paul Gaultier to concentrate on his own projects," the label said in a statement. "Hermès is deeply grateful to Jean-Paul Gaultier for his outstanding creative contribution during these seven years," it added.
Hermès will retain a 45% share of Gaultier's eponymous brand. In the meantime, Lacoste creative director, Christophe Lemaire has been recruited to replace Gaultier. He will begin work on the label's autumn/winter 2011 collection.
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