Nicolas Ghesquiere has spoken out over Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)’s ties with U.S President Donald Trump.
The French designer, who is the artistic director of womenswear at Louis Vuitton, took to social media on Sunday to post a fiery statement in which he publicly distanced himself from the controversial American politician.
“Standing against any political action. I am a fashion designer refusing this association #trumpisajoke #homophobia,” he wrote on his Instagram page.
The post came days after Trump attended the grand opening of a Louis Vuitton workshop in Alvarado, Texas on Thursday, alongside Bernard Arnault, head of luxury goods conglomerate LVMH – which owns Louis Vuitton – and the French fashion house’s chief executive officer, Michael Burke.
During the opening, Arnault told reporters he was “honoured” to have Trump in attendance and said they had known each other since the 1980s.
Accordingly, Ghesquiere’s comment has attracted support from his celebrity followers.
Louis Vuitton’s accessories creative director Camille Miceli commented on his post with clapping hands and heart emojis, while Paco Rabanne creative director Julien Dossena, Out Magazine editor-in-chief Phillip Picardi, and former Elle U.K. editor-in-chief Anne-Marie Curtis were among the other industry figures to praise the 48-year-old.
Model Teddy Quinlivan also wrote, “BRAVO. Thank you for standing on the right side of history.”
Ghesquiere, who joined the luxury fashion house in 2013, follows in the footsteps of other prominent designers, including Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, and Phillip Lim, in choosing to speak out against the divisive Trump administration.
Representatives for LVMH have not yet commented on Ghesquiere’s remarks.
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