The day after PPR announced Balenciaga’s split with the brand’s creative director of 15 years, Nicolas Ghesquière, there are of course already rumors circulating about who might replace him.
According to WWD, there is currently a “short list” of names. Balenciaga CEO Isabelle Guichot (with whom Ghesquière was said to have had “increasing friction” at the time of his departure) told the trade they will announce a successor “as soon as we’re ready” and that the company’s focus now is on continuing to grow Balenciaga’s business and finding a temporary Manhattan store location after their Chelsea boutique was “destroyed” by Sandy.
WWD, citing anonymous sources, also reinforced Cathy Horyn’s report that the vast resources devoted to Hedi Slimane’s reinvention of YSL added to the tension between Ghesquière and PPR.
Additionally, Suzy Menkes has more info regarding Horyn’s Ghesquiere-in-talks-with-LVMH tidbit: “Mr. Ghesquière has been courted by Bernard Arnault,” she writes, citing an anonymous source. She adds that “Mr. Ghesquière had been offered a house under his own name that would be overseen by one of Mr. Arnault’s children,” meaning Delphine or Antoine, both of whom already work within the company.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this year’s creative director musical chairs, it’s that “as soon as we’re ready” could mean anything. And if it does take PPR while, we can’t really blame them–Ghesquière almost seems irreplaceable. So for now, click through for a roundup of those rumored names plus a few of our own suggestions.