LEAVING LOEWE

PARIS — Could Sophia Kokosalaki be next in line to design Loewe?
The British designer, who has won fast acclaim and buzz for her designs in leather and jersey, attended the Spanish house’s show Wednesday, setting some observers to wonder whether she might be under consideration to succeed Narciso Rodriguez, who, as expected, will leave Loewe in October when his contract expires.
“I’m just here to see the show,” she told WWD, declining further comment.
In addition to her signature collection, which she shows in London, Kokosalaki has consulted for the Italian brand Ruffo Research for the past two seasons. Ruffo, which hires designers in rotation, is expected to name a new talent shortly.
Yves Carcelle, head of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s fashion and leather goods business group, which includes Loewe, confirmed that Rodriguez would leave the group this fall.
“He’s explained that he wants to live in New York, not travel so much and concentrate on his own house,” he said. “He’s helping us in recruiting his successor. We want to involve him, and he wants to be involved.”
Backstage after the show, Rodriguez declined to say what names he’s put forth, saying only: “It’s a wonderful house with a lot to offer a designer.”