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3 Hottest Designers To Watch In 2014 – David Koma, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière

This year is a big year for fashion. A lot of shifting has been made within the design world so we chose our top three designers that you need to watch this year.

David Koma

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David Koma’s eponymous label is shown each season at London Fashion Week and has been seen on big name celebs like Beyonce and Jennifer Lawrence. Now he’s going to have one more label to design for as he takes over the reigns at Thierry Mugler. He succeeds the fashion house’s previous artistic director, Nicola Formicetti, who left to design for Diesel.

Twenty-eight-year-old Koma will showcase his first collection this June for the resort season and his first catwalk show will take place this September for Paris Fashion Week.

This is the beginning of Mugler’s rebranding, said Virginie Courtin-Clarins, director of development marketing and communications at Groupe Clarins, which controls the brand. Courtin-Clarins says that Koma is a “real couturier” and wants Koma to modernize the Mugler label.

We’re excited to see how the rebranding will turn out!

Marc Jacobs

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After 16 long years designing for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs has finally called it quits. Jacobs announced last fall that he was leaving the label to concentrate on his eponymous labels, Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

The labels, which were worth a mere $20 million nearly two decades ago, have flourished and are now worth over $1 billion.

It was at Louis Vuitton’s spring 2014 show that Jacobs confirmed rumours of his leaving and the show, an ode to Paris and what Jacobs would be leaving, received a standing ovation.

Now that Jacobs has ample time to design for his own labels, we wonder how he will surprise us with his upcoming collection in September 2014.

Nicolas Ghesquière

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After Jacobs left Louis Vuitton, the question remains: Who will design for the major French fashion house? Nicolas Ghesquière steps in for Marc Jacobs as artistic director of Louis Vuitton.

Over a year ago, Ghesquière stepped down from Balenciaga – the designer for that label is now Alexander Wang – and recently took the reigns for Louis Vuitton, putting on his first show for the design house this past March. The 42-year-old designer staged the show at one of Louis Vuitton’s past venues, the Louvre’s courtyard, but rather than keep with Jacob’s grand displays, the set was minimal and the guests were kept at about 1,000 (rather than the near 2,000 that Jacob’s would have seated).

The theme of the show was inspired by Louis Vuitton’s heritage of leather goods, with mini “trunk” shoulder bags and patent leather boots that were paired with leather coats and skirts.

The show was a success and we can’t wait to see what else Ghesquière has up his sleeves for LV!



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