Christophe Lemaire is creative director of Hermès womenswear. Prior to his 2010 appointment at Hermès, Lemaire was creative director of Lacoste, a role he took up in 2001. “When Pierre-Alexis Dumas called me, I was surprised, astonished, at the same time, it seemed so obvious – the spirit of the brand – and we understood each other right away. We both had the idea of treating a piece of clothing as an object, but linked to functionality and realism,” he said shortly after his appointment.
The announcement that Lemaire would replace Jean-Paul Gaultier was met with surprise in the industry, as Gaultier’s tenure at the house had resulted in extraordinary commercial success. Lemaire quickly silenced his critics, however, crafting an aesthetic for the house that draws upon both his own paired-back simplicity and the heritage of Hermès to create effortless luxury. “I want… fashion that accompanies the personality,” says Lemaire. “Allowing freedom of movement and gesture, [the] clothes [should] allow a woman to be herself.”
Lemaire learnt his craft through internships at Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent and Thierry Mugler. The designer launched is own label ‘Crisp’ in 1992; the label produces both men’s and women’s lines and is sold in a select group of boutiques, including his own.
Creative Director, Womenswear 2010 - Present, Paris, France
2002 - 2010, Paris, France
1992 - 2002