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Hermes names new womenswear designer

Thursday - 7/24/2014, 1:03pm  ET

This undated photo provided by Hermes shows France's Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski, who was named has named French luxury powerhouse Hermes' new womenswear designer, to replace outgoing Christophe Lemaire. She was previously women’s design director at Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen’s The Row, and has worked in important behind-the-scenes roles at Martin Margiela and Celine in Paris. (AP Photo/Inez et Vinoodh, Hermes)

PARIS (AP) -- French luxury powerhouse Hermes has named Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski as its new womenswear designer.

The low-profile, 36-year-old French designer will replace Christophe Lemaire, whose departure was announced earlier this week and who will take his final bow in October.

Though Vanhee-Cybulski is not a big name, she was previously women's design director at Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen's The Row, and has worked in important behind-the-scenes roles at Martin Margiela and Celine in Paris.

She said Thursday in a statement she was "overjoyed to join the Hermes house, which I admire and share all my values with."

Hermes head Axel Dumas, meanwhile, sang her praises, saying that "her talent and creative process will be assets in developing female ready-to-wear."

Vanhee-Cybulski will show her first collection in March 2015.


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