Jean Paul Gaultier taps Sacai to design next couture collection

Jean Paul Gaultier has selected Sacai’s Chitose Abe to design the next haute couture line for his namesake fashion house.Back in January, the French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media, and later staged his fin…

Jean Paul Gaultier has selected Sacai’s Chitose Abe to design the next haute couture line for his namesake fashion house.

Back in January, the French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media, and later staged his final catwalk spectacle at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

However, Gaultier confirmed on Wednesday that he would be adopting a guest designer model going forward, with Abe to be the first fashion star tapped to create a collection.

“I have the pleasure to announce the new concept for my haute couture,” he posted on Instagram. “Each season, I will invite a designer to interpret the codes of the House and I am doubly pleased that Chitose Abe of @sacaiofficial will be the first one!”

Japanese designer Abe founded Sacai in 1999. She has since built up a reputation for breaking down barriers between casual and formal clothing, and has teamed up with the likes of The North Face, Apple, and Nike on various projects.

Abe also posted a snap of herself and Gaultier posing in matching blue boiler suits on a Paris rooftop on her Instagram page.

“I have a long-held admiration for Jean Paul’s unique vision of subversive femininity and his originality, both of which I’ve strived towards in my work since the beginning,” the designer said in a statement, according to WWD. “It’s a true honour to be given the opportunity to be custodian of his house as the first designer of this project.”

The next Paris Couture Week is set to take place between 5 and 9 July.

Of late, bosses at fashion houses such as Moncler and Pucci have also embraced the guest designer business model.

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Christelle Kocher tapped as guest designer for Pucci

Christelle Kocher is to serve as a guest designer for Italian fashion house Pucci.The French designer, who founded her label Koche in 2015, has been tapped by bosses at the LVMH-owned brand to create a collection for the upcoming fall/winter 2020 seaso…

Christelle Kocher is to serve as a guest designer for Italian fashion house Pucci.

The French designer, who founded her label Koche in 2015, has been tapped by bosses at the LVMH-owned brand to create a collection for the upcoming fall/winter 2020 season.

Kocher’s range will be presented on 20 February as part of Milan Fashion Week.

“I am very proud to collaborate with Pucci. This house has a magnificent heritage,” she said. “I have always been impressed by its elegant silhouettes, striking prints and colours. It is such a pleasure to deep dive into the brilliant history and universe of Emilio Pucci.”

Founded by Florentine designer Emilio Pucci in 1947, the company remains known for its geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colours. But since Pucci’s death in 1992, the label has undergone many changes within the creative team, with his daughter Laudomia Pucci, and a variety of other designers, including Christian Lacroix, Matthew Williamson, and Peter Dundas, all taking on the head designer gig throughout the 2000s.

But executives at the label are now opting for a guest designer model, following in the footsteps of Moncler’s Genius concept, which has attracted the likes of Pierpaolo Piccioli and Richard Quinn.

“Pucci’s creative strategy is evolving: the Maison has decided to open its fabulous archives to ‘creative voices’, entrusting them to deliver innovative interpretations of Pucci’s heritage prints, lifestyle and collections,” a brand rep commented. “Pucci’s first collaboration will be with Christelle Kocher, a designer already spotted by LVMH on the occasion of the LVMH prize, and recognised for her unique blend of couture and street. We love her energy and are confident that her take on Pucci will be incredibly interesting and beautiful.”

The Pucci x Koche line will be available to buy in September.

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