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Ghesquière and his design team add finishing touches to the new collection.
Nicolas Ghesquière (top right) inside his atelier layered with bust forms, fabric swatches and sketches.

From Paris with Love

by C California Style

Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière reflects on his proudest moment: his Fall/Winter 2014 debut collection for French fashion house Louis Vuitton.

Nicolas Ghesquière, French-born fashion designer and creative director for Louis Vuitton, is used to being in the spotlight. The morning of his Fall/Winter 2014 runway show at Cour Carrée in the Louvre, the gracious tastemaker—a past recipient of the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award and former creative director of Balenciaga—was compelled to put his feelings of anticipation on paper:  

“Today is a new day. A big day. You are about to witness my first fashion show for Louis Vuitton. Words cannot express exactly how I am feeling at this moment…Above all, immense joy at being here, in the knowledge that my stylistic expression is at one with the Louis Vuitton philosophy. The proud legacy. The inspiring history that looks to the future and to the world. The quest for authenticity and innovation. The desire for timelessness. Does not every designer ultimately seek to create something timeless? I salute the work of Marc Jacobs, whose legacy I wholeheartedly hope to honour. And I thank you for being here to share this moment with me. Thanks to all of you who have helped me to tell this new story and who make Louis Vuitton what it is, and especially to those who work with me. Thanks to everyone who is here on this day, this morning. Right now.” —Nicolas Ghesquière, March 5

Edited by Jenny Murray.
PHOTOS: Gerard Uféras.