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I'm pretty sure the City bag sells well enough. And so do the leather jackets, probably. Also, I think people misjudge the wearability of Balenciaga. I don't own that many designer items, but the majority of them are Balenciaga pieces and I wear them all the time, and my style is far from being extravagant.
and add the many it-shoes to the list of the big money makers!
I also agree on the wearability of Balenciaga's clothes. Apart from the often messy styling (in recent collections esp) I own a few balenciaga pieces that i wear a lot, and even my mum owns a couple coats. not exactly what you'd call a fashionista. the single pieces are often very elegant and wearable.

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I read somewhere else that his last collection will be Fall 2013 and that he leaves at the end of the month...

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^ how can fall 2013 be his last collection if he's going to leave on november 30th? aren't fall collections presented in february/march?

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I can hear the designers in New York crying, terrified because they won't know what to copy now.
Wang must be weeping in a corner somewhere.

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Wang must be weeping in a corner somewhere.
Lazaro and Jack have already packed their bags and are on a plane to Paris as we speak

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Hey you never know, good first guess.


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Behind the Balenciaga Split
By CATHY HORYN

On the face of it, Nicolas Ghesquière’s departure from Balenciaga, announced today, seems to give credence to speculation that he was frustrated with the direction of the house and management by its parent company, PPR.

Mr. Ghesquière declined to comment when reached by phone. But according to a number of individuals, who requested anonymity because of their dealings with PPR, Mr. Ghesquière’s frustrations go back at least a year and involve matters like financing and a more commercial tone to some of Balenciaga’s lines. He may have also felt, these individuals said, that his concerns were being insufficiently addressed by the PPR chairman, François-Henri Pinault.

A source of ire may have also been the unusual freedom that Hedi Slimane was given as the new creative director of Saint Laurent, also owned by PPR, even though Mr. Slimane had been inactive in design for about five years and had not done a women’s collection. He was allowed to change the corporate logo and store designs and remain in Los Angeles, commuting as needed to Paris.

Mr. Ghesquière may have disagreed with these kinds of decisions as a matter of principle. Obviously Saint Laurent’s operations didn’t directly affect him, but Balenciaga is part of the same group.

Mr. Ghesquière was 23 when he joined Balenciaga in the mid ’90s on the licensing side of the company, owned at the time by Jacques Konckier. One of his jobs was to design funeral clothes for the Japanese market. In 1997, he was made chief designer, and largely through his own efforts and ideas, created a modern Balenciaga based on a skinny, nervous, cool silhouette. Without really looking at the archive, he drew influence from Cristobal Balenciaga’s Spanish world. He created an influential collection based on wedding dresses. For another show, he made soft, pale green cargo pants. They were widely copied.

Around 2001, after Balenciaga was acquired by Gucci Group, Mr. Ghesquière began to feel tension with Domenico de Sole and Tom Ford, running the group at the time. By the fall of 2003 he considered quitting, he revealed subsequently in an interview. But then, Mr. de Sole and Mr. Ford lost their jobs, and Mr. de Sole was replaced by Robert Polet, hired in the summer of 2004. Although Mr. Polet had no luxury-goods experience, he proved to be an effective manager. He certainly recognized Mr. Ghesquière’s difficulties. Mr. Ghesquière also seems to have a warm relationship with both Mr. Pinault and his father, François Pinault.

In a 2005 interview, Mr. Polet said: “You had someone who wasn’t in sync with his environment, the environment wasn’t appreciating what he did, and he was distinctly unhappy as a reaction.”

Over the next number of years Mr. Ghesquière staged some of his most dynamic Balenciaga shows. The brand also expanded and became profitable.

The reaction to Mr. Ghesquière’s spring 2013 collection, shown in October, was so strong that he was singled out for a profile in the latest issue of Style.com/Print. In the article by Jo-Ann Furniss, under the headline, “Leader of the Pack,” there is no indication of his unhappiness at the house, but Mr. Ghesquière does give the impression of starting a new chapter in his work at Balenciaga, without fear of making a change after 15 years.

“That’s the thing in fashion,” he is quoted as saying, “because if you do not move, then you are dead.”

Mr. Ghesquière’s relationship with the company’s management may have changed in 2011, when Mr. Polet resigned from Gucci Group and Mr. Pinault took charge, using the parent name PPR.

Mr. Pinault has to demonstrate, among other things, that he can revive Saint Laurent under his watch. And now he has lost one of his stars. As Vanessa Friedman noted today in the Financial Times, it was somewhat curious that PPR didn’t attempt to counterbalance the Ghesquière departure with news of its own — such as who the company has lined up for a successor. There is certain to be an onslaught of buzz about that.

In response to an e-mail question about Mr. Ghesquière’s departure, Lionel Vermeil, the spokesman for Balenciaga, sent the following statement: “Clearly the tradition of high creativity, coming from Cristobal Balenciaga’s time, will be perpetuated, and the future of Balenciaga will not be mainstream and will remain faithful to the DNA of the house and its creative principles.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Ghesquière could wind up doing something with LVMH (there is already talk about that), or just take a little break.
http://runway.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/behind-the-balenciaga-split/

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i'm speechless right now... i really truely don't want to live in this fashion planet anymore

though if a reason for his departure was probably to create his own label... then im really looking forward to that... as for Balenciaga... i really don't know what's going to happen there

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Hey you never know, good first guess.
Mine was a joke, btw. But it really was my first thought about this... 'open spot at balenciaga' 'lazaro and jack must've passed out from the excitement'

So it looks like Nicolas left cause he wasn't happy about things? If so then, good for him. I'm rooting for him and (hoping) for him to start his own label

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I'm literally on the verge of crying, this is the saddest news of the last 5 years, Ghesquiére was able to keep himself relevant in the fashion world for 15 years, I hope he creates his own brand or starts right now working at another because it would be a massive lost for the fashion industry having a season without Ghesquiére's designs.

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^ You're being too dramatic. :/


Let's start making guesses who's gonna take his place next.


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I remember reading Zac Posen waiting by his phone when the Dior spot was up for grabs. Who knows if he'll be doing the same

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This is extremely sad. I am at a loss for words.

I hope I'm dreaming...

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I can hear the designers in New York crying, terrified because they won't know what to copy now.
(Throws head back) LMAO!!!!

AS far as a replacement, my bets are on an unknown from the team.

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I am actually a little sad now because I thought his Resort and Spring collections were a step in the right direction.

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