In another gargantuan label shake-up that could rival Raf Simons’ departure from Jil Sanders and entry in the Dior fashion house, word is barging in today that Nicolas Ghesquière will be leaving his creative director post at Balenciaga, effective November 30. “The Balenciaga fashion house and Nicolas Ghesquière have announced their joint decision to end their working relationship,” read the statement released by PPR.
Although we can’t be sure if the designer’s exit comes with the working relationship running its course or otherwise, PPR Chairman and Chief Executive François-Henri Pinault has nothing but generous words for Ghesquière. “Cristóbal Balenciaga was a master, a genius whose avant-garde vision dictated fashion’s greatest trends and inspired generations of designers. With an incomparable creative talent, Nicolas has brought to Balenciaga an artistic contribution essential to the unique influence of the house,” said Pinault.
Ghesquière has been with the label since 1997 and is largely credited for bringing the once-fading luxury label back to its knees. As such, this shocking announcement not only surprised the brand’s loyal followers but many industry insiders as well. Commenting on Ghesquière’s exit, British Vogue editor Alexander Shulman said, “He’s turned Balenciaga into a brand that is both admired by the fashion industry and which has made a real impact on the clothes we wear.”
To say that Ghesquière’s exit is unexpected is an understatement, as we factor in the fact that he has just wrapped up a critically-acclaimed spring presentation last month and has been the darling of fashion critics for his affinity for tailored and futuristic collections. With 25 days left before Ghesquière officially bows out of the fashion house he has been with for 15 years, we can only hope Balenciaga can find a designer who can step up to the challenge that comes with succeeding the stellar and well-loved Ghesquière.
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