Balenciaga's Legacy.

Nov 16, 2012


On the ninth of November, the fashion world was buzzing with a shocking piece of breaking news: Nicolas Ghesquiere, who has been the creative director of the mega fashion house Balenciaga since 1997, is leaving Balenciaga. The brand confirmed the news, saying it was a "joint decision". British Vogue reported that the CEO and chairman of PPR (the company that owns the brand) François-Henri Pinault said "With an incomparable creative talent, Nicolas has brought to Balenciaga an artistic contribution essential to the unique influence of the house." These words could not be more true. Flipping through Balenciaga's fashion archives over the past fifteen years reveals just how talented Nicolas is. Like the renowned Cristobal Balenciaga, who was known for changing the traditional silhouettes of womenswear, Nicolas molds and constructs fabrics into intricate, innovative creations. To learn more about Cristobal Balenciaga himself, I strongly suggest reading this wonderful article from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The designer's deeply inspiring background and history as an artist is worth a read, as it truly explains how amazing Balenciaga is. 
As a fashion blogger, I will choose not to dwell on the astounding news, unlike my favorite fashion news websites. Most websites today are reporting that a successor is yet to be announced. I, like most other fashion-obsessed individuals, am waiting with bated breath to discover who will fill the tremendous position that is currently empty. However, this post will capture the immense contribution to the world of fashion that Nicolas brought – for a full fifteen years. Critics and editors alike have an immense amount of respect and admiration for the designer. Suzy Menkes and Andre Leon Talley have described the designer as "special", "intriguing", and "original". His classic way of playing with silhouettes and structures of clothing are evidently his strongest point as a designer, as seen in the Spring 2013 collection.

The latest collection is a perfect example of Ghesquiere's exceptionally innovative ensembles. Inspired by Cristobal's 1930's ballet creations, Nicolas put a stunning spin on the clothes. Crisp hemlines and peplum-style cuts (with poetic swirls on each skirt) added an unusual Ghesquiere-touch to the outfits. As this collection was Nicolas' last piece of work, it was a breathtaking final multitude of works with which to exit the brand with.
As the fashion world acknowledges, Nicolas Ghesquiere's vacancy at Balenciaga is quite a sad moment for the fashion house. The designer, like Cristobal, is leaving behind a large legacy at the startlingly beautiful brand. 

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32 comments

  1. Great post! x

    <3 Melissa
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  2. Ghesquire was a great fashion force at Balebciaga no doubt at all about that.... but hopeful for a great replacement... let's see if he/she can bring a fresh outlook

    Heiress
    The Heiress Blog

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  3. Great post!!Love your blog..:)I'm definately following you..:) Follow me back?:P

    xxx

    Angie

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  4. I was deeply suprised to hear that Nicolas would be leaving Balenciaga. Over the years, I have always associated his name with Balenciaga and I even remember when I wrote my first "fashion story" when I was thirteen, I talked about my main character wearing a Nicolas Ghesquiere-designed Balenciaga bag!

    Though everything happens for a reason! Hopefully, this will give him a chance to expand his horizons and create something even more beautiful. His latest collection is simply stunning! *_*

    This is such beautifully written Meera! You did a fantastic job on this blog post!

    xoooxo
    Kelsey
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  5. This is such a stunning post, Balenciaga is one of the longest-standing brands with such a rich heritage which will hopefully be passed on to another pair of capable, innovative hands.

    xx, Veena

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  6. You're totally right the Outfits are stunning love the one with the white top! :) xx

    Wanna follow each other? :)♥

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  7. Loevely images, I saw a purple collar just like that balenciaga one in h&m :)

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    Rose x

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  8. Love your blog!

    Would you like to follow eachother on Bloglovin' & GFC?
    Let me know if you follow me and will follow straight back!

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    Kelly xox

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  9. Great post, love the asymmetrical peplum-style skirts! I'm now following you, I look forward to future posts.

    xo
    - Jess
    www.jessglamdiary.blogspot.com

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  10. Lovely post. It surely was a superb way to leave the brand. The cuts and fold in this collection surely made it one of the best in my opinion of the entire season.
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  11. Awesome post and following you now!

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  12. love skirts!!great post.. so i follow you and i hope you can follow me too!!many kisses from italy :*

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  13. Love all those skirts :D
    xoxo

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  14. Wow these outfits are crazy. Someone will definitely take a shot of this in NY if someone worre one of these outfit. Im a plain and simple kinda girl and I love that 2nd to last outfit. It's so me. Great post!

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  15. What interesting designs! Love the simplicity mixed with feminine swirls!
    ~Jessica

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  16. Thanks for reminding us of this legacy

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  17. it was indeed shocking to hear that he left after years of successful collab! totally in love with his S/S 2013 collection xx

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  18. amazing looks
    great balenciaga
    lovely blog and posts
    :D
    let's follow each other???
    xoxo dear!
    karleise

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  19. nice blog!!! Thanks for your comment.
    You have a new follower.
    kisses

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  20. great blog and nice post !!!! maybe we follow each other !? let me know :) greetings www.yuliekendra.com

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  21. Him and I have the same birthday -- January 21! :)

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  22. He's definitely left his mark on the fashion world, and hopefully he'll continue to do so in the future!

    Kate
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