Rumor Mill: Christopher Kane For Balenciaga And Erdem For Schiaparelli?

Until the houses themselves finally settle the matter, it looks like any designer worth their salt is going to get a turn in the rumor mill for the vacant posts at the helms of Balenciaga and Schiaparelli. Today’s fodder? Christopher Kane and Erdem Moralioglu, two of London’s hottest tickets, who some think will soon be making the leap across the channel.

The Telegraph reports that Kane is the designer that earlier this week was said to be in the final stages of negotiations to replace Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, after the latter’s departure from the house November 30. He would, of course, have to contend with an already busy schedule, given his current posts both at his eponymous label and spearheading the now-nearly-four-year-old relaunch of the Versus brand.

On the Schiaparelli front, the Telegraph offers Erdem as a possible frontrunner. The Canadian-born designer has earned critical acclaim at his own label, as well as the all-important Kate Middleton stamp of approval, so we wouldn’t be surprised (or disappointed) if this indeed came to pass. Though, of course, Ghesquière himself has also been rumored to be taking over at the soon-to-be-relaunched label, so Erdem is not without some stiff competition.

Whatever the final result, it seem clear that all parties in the know plan on keeping mum about the news until the deal has been sealed. Both the Kane and Balenciaga camps refused to comment to the Telegraph, while designer Haider Ackermann likewise ducked questions from WWD at a Chanel party in Paris about the possibility that he would replace Ghesquière.

One lone voice proffered an opinion on the Ghesquière’s next move, if not quite on who should inherit his title: Karl Lagerfeld (who else?), who told Reuters that he thinks the designer should strike out on his own:

“Perhaps Nicolas wants to have his own label, which is not a bad idea. And it would not be a bad idea if somebody such as Bernard Arnault would invest in a new label because there are so many old labels [within the LVMH group].”

Changes, they’re a’brewing.

[Telegraph, WWD, and Reuters]

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