Cathy Horyn has called Nicolas Ghesquière the most important designer of our generation and Vogue has called him "fashion's most sought-after and influential figure." One does not receive praise like that by showing just a few noteworthy collections. Critics can rarely find anything negative to say about his shows. Nearly every collection he's put out, it seems, was heralded for its refreshing orginality and credited with changing fashion and influencing trends.
And now, after 15 years at the label he reinvented, Ghesquière is out of a job. Though, hopefully, that won't be the case for long. At his fall 2001 show, he told Style.com, "I'm very happy at Balenciaga. But I also want to work on my own line. The ideal would be to do both things simultaneously." Obviously that won't happen but suffice it to say we doubt this is the end of Ghesquière's design career. At least, we really, really hope not. Might we suggest another Grace Coddington collab to tide us over for now?
Click through to see what we believe to be his 10 best and most influential collections. Deciding was a near-impossible task.