Hermes International has announced that Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski has been named as the new designer for its women’s fashion. She is a virtual unknown compared to the previous designers of the luxury fashion house. She will start with the F/W collection after Christophe Lemaire leaves in October. The design company has announced that Lemaire has resigned earlier this week so that he can put all his attention on his own label. The first collection that Vanhee-Cybulski will design for Hermes will be seen in March.
Vanhee-Cybulski is the first Hermes designer in twenty years that is not designing for another label. Before Lemaire, the previous designers for Hermes women’s fashion were Martin Margiela and Jean-Paul Gaultier. They worked on Hermes and their own labels.
There were some concerns in previous years that the designers were stretched thin due to their various commitments. And because of these concerns, most of the major luxury brands have elected to go for head designers with no other commitments. Louis Vuitton replaced Marc Jacobs with Nicolas Ghesquiere last year. Marc Jacobs had to go to and from Paris and New York in order to do both designer roles.
Axel Dumas, chief executive officer of Hermes, said that Vanhee-Cybulski will be able to devote all her time to their house. They got her because she was available for the job. This was Dumas’ first major management move after he became chief executive in February. He is a sixth generation member of the Hermes family.
The French designer has worked with some fashionable designer labels in the past. She used to work for The Row, an American brand started by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. She used to work under Phoebe Philo, who is considered as one of the most significant designers today. Vanhee-Cybulski was also a designer at Maison Martin Margiela.