November 23, 2012

Timely Fashion

So, you've all heard the news.  Balenciaga announced earlier this month that Nicholas Ghesquière will be leaving the label on November 30, 2012.  No reason was given for the departure or details given about either party's future.  Ghesquière has been Balenciaga's designer for 15 years, and a statement praising Ghesquière's incomparable creative contribution was released alongside the announcement.

If this had been announced literally 2 months earlier, I would have had a very different feeling towards it than I do now.  As I said in my Spring/Summer 2013 review, I finally wholeheartedly understood Balenciaga's appeal after its Spring 2013 collection.  I had always appreciated Balenciaga's innovation, but it never produced collections that I considered to be among the best.  Luckily, Balenciaga managed to open my eyes to what I hadn't been able to see all these years: the beauty of designs that speak to constantly changing possibilities.  Ghesquière's designs were always graphic and unconventional, and I blindly mistook them to be too technical.  After Spring 2013, I finally understood that Ghesquière was actually moving along with the times - with a very keen eye, might I add.

Unluckily for me, just as I was starting to look forward to following Balenciaga more closely, this announcement came along.  As it usually is with these kind of announcements, I was shocked, saddened, incredulous - probably the reaction of everybody else in the fashion world.  Some people may have never liked Ghesquière at Balenciaga, but if so, they have most definitely been dwarfed by the majority of us that do.  Ever since I started getting into fashion, I have never heard anything but praise for Ghesquière.

Over the summer, having read a couple of fashion coffee table books, I actually did question what attraction Ghesquière had considering how he had completely changed the image of the Balenciaga label.  Looking at Cristóbal Balenciaga's designs, I saw something completely different.  But now that I think about it, Ghesquière has been on the right track all along.  Both designers fully explore construction and volume.  Back in Balenciaga's time, his designs would have been innovative just as Ghesquière's designs are now.  In fact, Balenciaga's brand has never been about an image, but about keeping up with (and surpassing) changing conventions, truly transcending time.

Image Source: Photo 1, 2, 3


  1. balenciaga is one of the best brands!


  2. Wow ! This look is amazing, so futuristic ! I just saw the picture with Kristen Stewart this morning and thought it was stunning !

  3. I liked your blog, I follow you!
    and if you like mine I hope you like pretty follower :) a kiss!

  4. i really love nicholas!!!!!!!!
    where is he going???


  5. That orange dress is fab!

  6. These are gorgeous! It's always so sad when you become a fan of something/someone and then they leave! I've experienced it with some bands, it's quite sad

    xo Sootjeelina

  7. wow...that decision must be tough for Balenciaga to end the term of G.(sorry too long and hard to spell)15 must be a huge change for the designer but I believe, should be the right choice. I have seen the details of G and in fact I am too attracted to the prints...anyway, it would be exciting to see the new Balenciaga designs!

  8. So looking forward to Balenciaga's summer collection next year. I love the boldness of the design. Can't hardly wait!


  9. what a pity he leaves....