Richard René, the newly-appointed creative director at Guy Laroche // LISAA Alumni
LISAA Fashion design alumnus Richard René is the new creative director at this iconic Parisian fashion house. We take a look back at his impressive journey to the heart of French haute couture.
A LISAA FASHION DESIGN GRADUATE
After a graduating in fashion design from LISAA Paris, the newly-appointed creative director at Guy Laroche, René Richard earnt his stripes at Hermès as assistant to the collections director.
Three years later, in 1997, he joined Jean Paul Gaultier, where he spent much of his career. He worked on women's ready-to-wear, then the sports, menswear and accessories collections, before becoming the fashion designer's assistant for haute couture collections. He left the design house in 2004 before returning to work there in 2011.
In 2004, he won all of the prestigious awards at the Hyères Fashion Festival, the international event for young designers. He then launched his own label, Richardrené, which is today no longer in operation.
THE NEW CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF GUY LAROCHE
With this appointment, the house of Guy Laroche begins a new chapter in its history, enabling it to strengthen its development while retaining its core values of luxury, rigour and a free spirit.
I grew up with Maison Guy Laroche, which for me symbolises a form of luxury and freedom.
Richard René, creative director
A master of monochrome, designer Richard René now makes his mark on the brand, which he defines as "radical, minimalist and purist", putting the noblest materials to the service of architectural cuts, leading an ongoing quest for the quintessence of clothing.
His first collection as creative director, presented last September, is designed as a tribute to the French actress Mireille Darc, a close friend and muse of the designer Guy Laroche.