On the heels of its opening last week, the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton, which was used as the site of the house’s Spring/Summer 2015 runway show, now serves the landscape for the latest series of Juergen Teller-lensed photos. The famed photographer shot models Emmy Rappe, Olympia Campbell, Angel Rutledge, and Lululeika Ravn Liep in Nicolas Ghesquière’s S/S15 designs for the Paris-based design house and the result is nothing short of stunning.
The photos come from a spread in Style.com’s latest Print issue and accompany a lengthy piece on Ghesquière, who joined the iconic design house last year. The designer is an industry darling as a result of his lengthy tenure at Balenciaga. He became known for his designs, which as he puts it now, are “for museums.” The article reviews some of his greatest hits: The plastic “Lego” heels and metal C-3PO leggings; his synthesization and modernization of the couture lines of Cristóbal Balenciaga for the 21st century. And emphasizes his recent trumpeting of clothes “for real life.” Or “street ready,” as the publication puts it, in light of his reputation his reputation for experimentation and embrace of the avant-garde.
For those who have been following Ghesquière’s path from Balenciaga to Louis Vuitton, you are likely already well versed on the legal proceedings that are currently underway between Ghesquière and his former house. He was sued for allegedly breaching a clause in his departure agreement, in which he agreed to refrain from speaking about the house in a way it deems harmful. With this in mind, every time he speaks about Balenciaga it is very interesting and often, as you may have noticed, veiled in a sense of new found freedom and well, joy. Sure, none of his recent comments match the “I was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenize things” comments he made to System Magazine, but they do, nonetheless, seem to shed light on his new sense of happiness, especially in comparison.
For instance, he told Style.com: “To be at a brand like Balenciaga that some people were considering niche, and suddenly to be able to move on and speak to more people, it’s beautiful, I think, and something I was expecting for many years.” We are left to interpret the statement as we’d like.
He also spoke somewhat openly about the pending lawsuit between himself and Balenciaga, saying: “One day I will look at Balenciaga again, but to be honest, I have no curiosity for it at the moment. When we sort out a few problems, I will look at it with serenity and peacefully.” To this, Style.com wrote: “Balenciaga’s parent company, Kering, and Ghesquière are settling a suit arguing that Ghesquière violated the terms of their separation agreement.”
He also hints at a potential rift between himself and his successor at Balenciaga, young American designer, Alexander Wang. Style.com wrote:
In his first collection for Louis Vuitton in March, Ghesquière tipped his hat to Jacobs with a note placed on every seat. “I salute the work of Marc Jacobs, whose legacy I wholeheartedly hope to honor.” Since then, the two have had several exchanges. “To have his validation is something that is very important to me, and I am very thankful,” says Ghesquière. He is not on quite the same terms with Alexander Wang, who followed him at Balenciaga. “With me and Marc, there is a high respect. I expressed it to Marc very early on.”
Regardless of the drama that is still pending between the designer and Balenciaga, he is undeniably settling in quite well at Louis Vuitton, and beginning with his debut collection this past March, we have certainly been reaping the rewards of this new marriage.