Fashion and luxury have come together this weekend in Paris to celebrate a long-awaited wedding. The marriage between Alexandre Arnault and Geraldine Guyot, a couple who had been together for more than two decades and who have decided to marry. A wedding, moreover, with little media coverage —by the decision of the spouses—, but with a lot of interest: the groom is the son of Bernard Arnault, the richest man in France and the third in the world only behind Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk (with whom he is very tied). The Arnaults accumulate a wealth that has doubled in the last year and that exceeds 160,000 million euros.
The family is the founder and owner of the fashion conglomerate LVMH, owning among others houses such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Loewe, Givenchy, Sephora, Guerlain, Hublot, Bulgari or Tiffany &Co. Precisely Alexandre Arnault, Bernard’s third son, is at 29 years old the executive vice president of the jewelry brand since last January. Previously, for more than four years, he has been CEO of the Rimowa suitcase brand, also part of the luxury conglomerate.
For its part, the bride also belongs to the world of fashion, although in another dimension. Guyot studied Art at the prestigious London school Central Saint Martins, interned at auction house Christie’s and has his own brand of accessories called D’estrëe which he founded in 2015 and in which shortly after he was joined by his partner, Laetitia Lumbroso. Their first line was dedicated to hats, and they soon made the jump to leather accessories and jewelry, which they have taken from Beyoncé to Selena Gomez. The prices of hats are around 300 euros, while those of handbags are between 600 and 1,100, and are sold in high-end establishments such as Galeries Lafayette, Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman. The past 2020 the magazine Forbes he named her as one of the 30 most promising young people under the age of 30 in the field of trade.
For the occasion, the bride did not wear her brand, more focused on accessories, but relied on Jonathan Anderson, creative director of the firm Loewe, who signed her dress: white, straight, with ply sleeves, by the ankles and with applications of flowers, which she accompanied with white leather sandals and a bouquet of the same colors.
The only public images of the couple in their link are the ones they themselves have posted on their social media profiles. “It all started in 1998 and now it’s a YES for life,” Arnault wrote. In other words, the two — who got engaged at the end of last December — have known each other since they were children, because Arnault was born in 1992 and his wife is of a similar age.
While Guyot is one of the most watched creators on the French scene, her husband is an established businessman who follows in the family trail created by Bernard Arnault when he began, back in 1985, investing much of his fortune in taking control of Christian Dior. The rest of the Arnault clan is also engaged in business, in different departments and for different purposes. The best known is Delphine, the eldest, aged 49 and the result of Arnault’s first marriage to Anne Dewavrin. She is vice president of Louis Vuitton and responsible for the LVMH award for young talent she created in 2014. Behind her is her brother Antoine, also well known, both for his position as communications director of the entire family conglomerate and for being the husband of Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova, with whom he has been in a relationship for a decade. From Arnault’s second marriage with the Canadian pianist Hélène Mercier was born Alexandre, the groom of this wedding and one of tiffany’s top managers. After him is Frédéric, 26, who last June was appointed CEO of the watch firm Tag Heuer, and behind him is the little one, Jean, 23, who has already done an internship at the large Louis Vuitton store on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.