The two parties cited a “joint decision to end their working relationship,” effective November 30, and at this point a successor has yet to be named.
The news comes as a jolt firstly because the partnership is one of the longest standing among the contemporary French fashion houses, matched only by Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, who also took the reigns in 1997, and exceeded, of course, by Karl Lagerfeld‘s nearly 30-year tenure at Chanel. There is also, of course, the fact that the dust has just begun to settle on the recent shakeups at Christian Dior, where Raf Simons‘ just showed his second critically-acclaimed collection for the house after replacing John Galliano, and Yves Saint Laurent, where Hedi Slimane has already managed to stir up controversy in the first season since Stefano Pilati‘s departure.
We have to wonder what Ghesquière’s next move will be. One route would be for him to strike out on his own, but he’s reportedly more the shy, behind-the-scenes type who wouldn’t be likely to leave the label to seek out a higher-profile gig. On the other hand, he’s also credited with turning Balenciaga into a major force in the industry and consistently earns widespread critical praise, so it could be a possibility.
And the other route? Well, queue the fashion designer musical chairs. Out with the old, in with the the new sure seems to be a popular refrain these days.