KIM JONES EXITS LOUIS VUITTON
AN ULTRA SUCCESSFUL TENURE
Kim Jones’ Fall 2018 show for Louis Vuitton presented last week in Paris was his last for the storied French house. A Central Saint Martin graduate, Jones joined the LVMH-owned brand as men’s artistic director in 2011. He is credited for having injected a younger yet understated vibe into Louis Vuitton’s unique heritage via inspirations that derived from his extensive travels, love for the exotic and passion for wildlife, coupled with his unique ability to bridge luxury and streetwear edge.
Also of note are his hyper successful collaborations with skateboard brand Supreme and with artists Dinos and Jake Chapman.
Jones took to Instagram to thank his team and collaborators. “Thank you @louisvuitton for 7 wonderful years! You really have been the best and I am grateful to @themarcjacobs for giving me the opportunity to be here in the first place ! I also want to thank Michael Burke for being so great and believing in me and Delphine Arnault for her support,” he wrote.
To show their support, a clutch of high-profile stars turned out for Jones’ final farewell show - Gwendoline Christie, Xavier Dolan, Brazilian soccer champion Neymar Jr., Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, Stefano Pilati, the Beckham clan, Olivier Rousteing and Virgil Abloh.
His successor is yet to be named. The most recent rumors have alluded to the fact that Versace has been in talks with Jones. Also, Burberry is still seeking a replacement for Christopher Bailey, who will leave the British brand at the end of March.