68 posts tagged "Nicolas Ghesquiere"
Yesterday’s rumor appears to be today’s truth. Though neither Wang nor PPR, the parent company of Balenciaga, have issued any official comment, WWD reports this morning that the New York-based designer’s appointment as creative director of the French label is confirmed. Wang founded his namesake label in 2008. Nicolas Ghesquière, Balenciaga’s outgoing creative director, officially exits the house today.
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According to the New York Times‘ Cathy Horyn, Alexander Wang is the frontrunner to take over at Balenciaga. The move would make a certain amount of sense given that Wang, with his rapidly expanding New York-based line, has shown that he can make the edgy commercial. What then of the rumor, first reported in WWD yesterday, that Balenciaga’s parent company PPR is looking to invest in Christopher Kane’s label? Kane was posited by the Twittersphere as a likely Balenciaga candidate, though he denied it himself. Even after I plied him with several margaritas at a recent London dinner, he insisted he wanted to concentrate on building his own business. If PPR were to invest, it could give credence to the rumor that rival LVMH tycoon Bernard Arnault has struck a deal with outgoing Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghèsquiere, and PPR wants to strengthen its own stable as much as possible. Along with the news today that J.W. Anderson will be doing a capsule collection for Kane’s former boss Donatella Versace at Versus, this could be a rare case of designer shuffling where everyone turns out to be a winner.
Nicolas Ghesquière’s name has become synonymous with Balenciaga over the 15 years he’s been creative director, which made today’s announcement that he and the house are parting ways at the end of this month as shocking as it is abrupt. Just days after his Spring ’13 show in September, Style.com’s Jo-Ann Furniss sat down with Ghesquière at a photo studio outside of Paris to discuss his tenure at the label and the standout collection, while Alasdair McLellan shot a handful of Ghesquière’s favorite models in the new looks. The full story is in the new issue of Style.com/Print (on stands today, or order online here); Furniss’ profile and a few images from McLellan’s portfolio are now online here. “That’s the thing in fashion,” Ghesquière said, “if you do not move, then you are dead.” No telling what his next move will be; for now, there’s only the testament of his collections. More than a decade’s worth are archived on Style.com here.
Nicolas Ghesquière may have been thinking ballet when he designed his Resort 2013 collection for Balenciaga, but when it came time to create a video for the season, his mind had turned to opera. Specifically Malcolm McLaren’s pop opera Madame Butterfly. If you haven’t seen McLaren’s video in a while, or weren’t around when it debuted in 1984, it’s worth a watch. It’s almost as gorgeous as the Steven Meisel-shot clip we’re premiering online here today.