Following last week’s rumors that Nicolas Ghesquière would be joining LVMH as Marc Jacobs’ replacement at Louis Vuitton, comes more juicy news regarding the former Balenciaga creative director.
According to Challenges, a French business magazine, Ghesquière is being sued by Balenciaga for “breach of duty of confidentiality.” While the article’s headline declares, “Kering attaque Nicolas Ghesquière,” the copy itself identifies Balenciaga, a subsidiary of Kering, as the plaintiff.
The breach in question occurred in Ghesquière’s tell-all interview with new magazine System–his first interview since his unexpected departure from the French fashion house. In it, Ghesquiere repeatedly criticized both Balenciaga and Kering, saying the split was a long time coming and that working there was “one frustration after another,” that the company’s “lack of culture” bothered him, and that “it started becoming a bureaucracy and gradually became more corporate, until it was no longer even linked to fashion.” He also said that he “began to feel as though [he] was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal [his] identity while trying to homogenise things.”
Both Kering and Balenciaga declined to comment. We’ve reached out to System as well and will report back once we know more.