Nicolas Ghesquiere's first collection for Louis Vuitton may be the toast of the fashion world right now -- with credits in most of the major September issues and on several stylish celebrities -- but Ghesquiere is still quarreling with his former employer, Balenciaga.
The Kering-owned fashion house sued Ghesquiere last summer for comments he made in the magazine System that the company claims hurt its image. In the interview, which you can read much of here, Ghesquiere laments how corporate Balenciaga had be come, saying, "I began to feel as though I was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenise things." Even if the claims were valid, they could have violated the separation agreement Balenciaga made with Ghesquiere when he left the company.
The case headed to court earlier this year and now, according to WWD, it's headed out of court to mediation. A spokesperson for Balenciaga did not respond to a request to confirm the news.
Balenciaga is seeking 7 million euros (~$9.23 million) in damages, while Ghesquiere's lawyers claim the designer's comments did not specifically criticize Balenciaga, but the fashion industry as a whole.
Hopefully a mediator can help them come to terms.