Christophe Lemaire, creative director of Hermès, announced earlier this week that after a successful four years with the label he will be retiring from his position later this year to focus on his own brand. Since then, the fashion world has been busy with rumours surrounding who will be Lemaire’s successor at the internationally acclaimed label.

Whilst the circulating rumours have pointed to several individuals, including Olivier Theyskens who left Theory earlier this year, it’s clear that there is a favourite. According to reports in WWD earlier today, the frontrunner is the relatively unknown Nadège Vanhee.

Vanhee, who is the current design director at The Row, has worked in the fashion industry for several years. Although before now she has remained very much behind-the-scenes, Vanhee has still managed to accumulate a more than impressive CV within the fashion industry.

Whilst she began her career at Delvaux, she has since moved on to work for brands such as Maison Martin Margiela, and Céline. If the rumours are true and she is set to be the next creative director for Hermès, Vanhee will follow in the footsteps of Jean Paul Gaultier and Margiela himself.

Although representatives for both Vanhee and Hermès are yet to comment, it is believed that the label will announce Lemaire’s successor by the end of next week.

Lemaire’s final collection for Hermès will be featured in the upcoming SS15 show in Paris later this year.

Reported by Orla Wallis.