Below: After 7 years, Gaultier leaves Hermès...
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"Adieu Jean-Paul" And "Bonjour Christophe Lemaire" At Hermès.
This is confirmed. No more rumours or hear say. WWD confirms Jean Paul Gaultier leaves Hermès and will be succeeded by French Designer, Christophe Lemaire, who designs for Lacoste.
"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," read the release. "The spring-summer 2011 collection to be revealed in October 2010 will be the last collection created by Jean-Paul Gaultier for Hermès. Hermès is deeply grateful to Jean-Paul Gaultier for his outstanding creative contribution during these seven years.”
Lacoste creative director Christophe Lemaire has been tapped to replace Gaultier starting with the Fall 2011 Hermès collection, and Hermès will remain a 45% shareholder in Gaultier's eponymous brand.