Louis Vuitton CEO Attends Martine Rose Show, Sparking Rumours of Menswear Director Search
Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke attended Martine Rose’s SS23 show over the weekend in London, with some fashion commentary suggesting the designer behind the eponymous brand could be earmarked to succeed the late Virgil Abloh as LV’s menswear artistic director.
The Martine Rose show was held off the back of London Fashion Week (which was more of a weekend, having only run from June 11 to 13) and, as reported by Vogue Business, Burke was seated front row paying close attention.
Rose founded her eponymous label in 2007 and has seen increasing success in recent years. In fact, Burke’s implicit co-sign isn’t singled to just last weekend: back in 2017, the brand was shortlisted for the LVMH Prize, a prestigious opportunity that involves funding and guidance for young designers.
Despite not achieving that particular award, Rose has had no trouble building her profile. In the sneaker space, the Martine Rose x Nike Air Monarch arrived right at the height of the ‘Dad Shoe’ movement. And a new Shox collaboration is only set to continue the ironically ugly look.
With Abloh leaving particularly big shoes to fill, neither LV nor Rose have publicly commented on the rumours. Given the role, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they’re taking their time to find the right candidate.