The French designer has been at the helm of the legendary fashion house's womenswear since 2003 but he has now decided to focus on his own eponymous label. The split doesn't seem to be acrimonious and Hermes still owns 45% of Gaultier's line so they will still be working together.
Gaultier's departure has come as something of a surprise to the fashion world, but even more so is the label's choice of successor. According to WWD, the new artistic director has been revealed as Christophe Lemaire, the current creative director of Lacoste. Given that most big label's have chosen to rope in high profile designers to help attract their customers, Lemaire, who is virtually unknown outside of fashion circles, is an unexpected choice.
Jean Paul Gaultier will show his final collection for Hermes at October's Paris fashion week before handing the reins to Lemaire.More