Monday, November 5, 2012

breaking news - the end of, yet another, era

Yes, it's true. Nicolas Ghesquiere is leaving Balenciaga. The reason? No idea, but I'm sure we'll all find out sooner or later. Balenciaga's Spring/Summer 2013 collection was his last collection for the brand, and as for a replacement, I'm sure we'll find that out too in the near future.
Em, and yes, I'm devastated. Read a bit more about it here, via the New York Times.

Nicolas Ghesquiere turned Balenciaga into a brand that is all about the futuristic French chic; the avant garde princess; the tough yet feminine working woman. It's always refreshingly unique, it was one of Paris' best shows. The clothes themselves were not always totally wearable, but they always inspired.

To me, this isn't on the same level as some of the other designers-leaving-brands/brands-dropping-designers we've been seeing lately. The Galliano story was sad, until Raf came to Dior and made me very happy... The Stefano Pilati story too was sad, and I still miss him at YSL but Hedi is proving to be a positive change... But WHO on earth can do what Nicolas does for Balenciaga? This is definitely going to be interesting...

Whoever takes over has not huge, but HUGE, shoes to fill. And at this point, no one really comes to mind. It's hard to imagine a Balenciaga without Nicolas, but anyways I wish him the best in whatever his path brings him next. And I'll be watching, as I'm sure it will be good.

For now, here are some of my favorite Nicolas Ghesquiere/Balenciaga moments. Please note that this is one of those 5 minute posts and these are all off the top of my head. I will probably do a more organized Nicolas/Balenciaga moments in the future. Enjoy!

Balenciaga's Spring 2006 campaign, featuring an exceptionally epic cast of models (yes, on the far left we have the amazingness aka Gemma Ward)

Balenciaga SS08 gladiator sandals. Works of art.

Balenciaga's Fall 2007 campaign, the collection that made me fall forever in love with a schoolboy blazer

Invitation to Balenciaga FW01 show, I mean, this too is a piece of art. I want this on my wall.

Balenciaga Fall 2009 by Meisel, featuring Ghesquiere's long time muse, Jennifer Connelly

And finally, Balenciaga's SS13 collection (have got a post on it, here) which is Ghesquiere's last for the brand.

Pleaaasssse let me know what your thoughts are? Any designers to take the job? Happy? Sad? Want to hear it! xx


  1. Everything you post is just so inspiring, love it! ♥ XOXO

  2. I've also lately been going through Balenciaga archives :) they got so many amazing photo shoots and campaigns

  3. sad, but let's see who they announce for takeover.

  4. wow,what a new new!


  5. I'm a bit sad, I've been loving his work for Balenciaga.. now looking forward what the future will bring to him. Loved this post, sounds like a great homage ;)

    Virginie/ Style Reload

  6. to bad he's leaving, he did such good work for balenciaga!!


  7. I was so sad to hear it too.:( He truly was Balenciaga.I'm mean, I don't remember a Balenciaga without him. I'm very curious to see what the future holds for him. And for Balenciaga of course.
    Loved all these moments, but the last fall collection was everything for me. The sci-fi sweaters were a dream!:)
    Diana from

  8. I hope everything will be good and the brand will stay cool even if he left...

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  9. Such sad news, thanks for doing this post i loved it.

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  10. Still can't believe he's leaving. Loved his work!

  11. random trivia: that last dress was worn just this week on kstew's press tour for breaking dawn 2.

    that said, it's a shocking departure and i hope they find someone who can continue carrying the brand. when tom ford left gucci, i thought they were f'd but frida's proved herself. i guess time will tell.

  12. That´s sad news. He did an awesome job but it was too pricey for me anyway <3


  13. beautiful pictures!!


  14. Don't be sad, dear! He will most probably thrive, exactly like Raf Simons. About Balenciaga, well, I am sure they will find someone as good to keep the brand going up!