In early October, the house denied rumours that Ghesquière would take up the reins at the house, saying that no official decision had been made. Today, however, the official word is that the 42-year-old designer will bring "a modern creative vision to the house's women's collections, building on the values of refinement, savoir faire, and extreme quality."
The company told both Style.com and The Financial Times, "No official decision has been made." Ghesquière, however, is still thought to be a front-runner for the position. Ghesquière was the artistic director of Balenciaga, a Kering brand, for 15 years before he resigned last November. He was eventually replaced by Alexander Wang. Since Ghesquière left the brand, the fashion community has waited to see what his next move might be.
Karl Lagerfeld said it would be a good idea for him to start his own brand, and Grace Coddington just didn't want him to leave fashion permanently. "Hopefully Nicolas won't just give up and walk away," she said. "He's too good, too strong, too brilliant, too passionate."
After 15 years at the helm of Balenciaga, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière is leaving the iconic Parisian brand. Nicolas elevated the brand to It proportions, thanks to the creation of the Lariat bag. While celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Julianne Moore have slipped into his designs, Nicolas's current muse is Kristen Stewart, who fronts the brand's Florabotanica fragrance. Watch on to hear more about Nicolas's departure, as well as some words from Kristen on working with the designer.
The end to any relationship is bittersweet, and the news of Nicolas Ghesquière leaving Balenciaga instantly struck a nerve with us. For 15 years, the French designer has been at the helm of the legendary atelier and responsible for making us covet everything from motorcycle Le Dix bags and Lego-like heels to bold-shouldered futuristic silhouettes, gladiator-inspired knee-high sandals, and space-printed sweatshirts. It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that his penchant for stylish innovation has earned him a very loyal A-list fan base, a fact that has led to many a red carpet fraught with gorgeous, albeit edgier, dresses to lust after. Longtime friend and muse Charlotte Gainsbourg can be trusted to wear his cutting-edge designs to just about anything; Kristen Stewart was just spotted wearing his Spring '13 wares to the On the Road premiere; and Diane Kruger wowed in a champagne-hued remake of a 1930s Balenciaga silhouette at the 2004 Met Gala. Add Sienna Miller, Jennifer Connelly, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Miranda Kerr to an already-impressive list of Ghesquière devotees, and you've got quite the lineup of star-studded glamour to pore through. Herein find our favorite Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga red-carpet moments, as we pay homage to the man behind 15 years of impeccable craftsmanship.
French designer Nicolas Ghesquière is leaving Balenciaga — where he has been creative director since 1997 — on Nov. 30. This jarring, and very sad, news is cited by both the designer and brand as a "joint decision to end their working relationship." While there is no other announcement regarding Ghesquière's next move or, for that matter, who will succeed him at Balenciaga, we have his latest (and last) collection to serve as his final masterpiece to a 15-year relationship with the house.
A change is a good as a holiday, huh Kristen Stewart? The brunette beauty eschewed her super short style for a gala screening of On the Road at the AFI FEST 2012 in Hollywood over the weekend, opting instead for a pair of manstyle trousers teamed with a midriff-revealing bustier top — both by Balenciaga by Nicholas Ghesquière — a pair of 'decollette' pumps by Christian Louboutin and a killer burgundy lip. Strong but still sexy, modern but glamorous, we have to say we like this fashion-forward choice on Kristen. Check it out from all angles, then give us your opinion in the comments section below . . .
Kristen Stewart brings a unique attitude and edge to Balenciaga's much anticipated fragrance, Florabotanica. Available from November 4, the juice is described as "a table of mesmerising flowers", and in this behind-the-scenes video from the Steven Meisel campaign shoot, Kristen really brings the fragrance's message to life. Also featuring Nicolas Ghesquière who discusses why Kristen is so perfect as the face — he has previously said he captivated her when they met a few years ago. Want to see more of Kristen? She also sat front-row at Balenciaga in Paris last week.