Nicolas Ghesquière to leave Balenciaga

End of an era. After 15 years, notorious creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, and Balenciaga have made the joint decision to part ways, effective November 30th.  Few details about the decision were disclosed.

In a press release, François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of PPR (Balenciaga’s parent company) says of Ghesquière, “[He] 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.”

For years, the designer’s name has been synonymous with Balenciaga, having reinvented the image of the fashion house and transforming it into a must-have luxury label. It will be interesting to see what Ghesquière’s does next.

A successor not yet been announced.

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