Meet the new artistic director at Hermès

Christophe Lemaire

After seven years designing women’s ready-to-wear, Jean-Paul Gaultier is stepping down from his post at Hermès. The surprise replacement is Christophe Lemaire, who’s known most recently for breathing new life into Lacoste.

Lemaire also designs an eponymous line that blends Eastern influences with French high-fashion, ultimately creating voluminous figures that tend to enshroud the entire body. Jean-Paul Gaultier’s last collection will show in October.