Jean-Paul Gaultier, the enfant terrible (bad boy) of French fashion, is stepping down as designer of women’s ready-to-wear for Hermes but the luxury group owns a 45 percent stake in Gaultier’s fashion house.
Christian Lemaire, the creative director of apparel company Lacoste, will replace the designer who earned rave reviews from the fashion world during seven years at Hermes. Lemaire has revitalised Lacoste since 2001.
“Hermes is deeply grateful to Gaultier for his outstanding creative contribution during these past seven years,” Hermes said in a statement on Wednesday. The spring-summer 2011 collection, to be presented in October, will be the last designed by Gaultier for Hermes.