Nicolas Ghesquiere makes shock exit from Balenciaga

French designer Nicolas Ghesquière has quit Balenciaga, resulting in his large fan base of editors, critics and customers asking questions, as well as stunning the whole of the fashion industry.

Creative Director of Balenciaga since 1997 Ghesquière’s exit from the company has left many fashion insiders shocked, if the reactions on Twitter are anything to go by. Tommy Ton, a street-style photographer, could only refer to himself as “in total shock and it was absolutely out of the blue”, while Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue gushed that the 41 year old was “one of the fashion industries’ most talented assets and nobody could argue with that”.

The fact that in the third quarter of 2012, PPR which owns Gucci, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen had seen their profits rise by 6.65%. PPR’s founder François-Henri Pinault was a huge supporter of Ghesquière stated the fashion editor of the New York Times, Cathy Horyn, and she carried on to explain that when Pinault bought the company over a decade ago he decided to stick with the talented Ghesquière.

Balenciaga, originally founded in 1937 by Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga was well known for its vibrant colours, tweaked suits and sculptural use of volume. These looks identified the work of Balenciaga until his retirement came about in 1968.

By providing these appearances with an up-to-date touch Ghesquière has been vastly influential in terms of making the look suitable for the modern generation, with fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar claiming Ghesquière was key to making the brand known to a entire fresh generation of fans by building on the iconic house image and modernising it to fit today’s style conscious market.


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