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A Roundup of All the Rumors About Nicolas Ghesquière Leaving Balenciaga and His Potential Replacements

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Nicolas Ghesquière and Charlotte Gainsbourg, via Getty
Nicolas Ghesquière and Charlotte Gainsbourg, via Getty

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Ever since news broke earlier this week that golden boy Nicolas Ghesquière was leaving Balenciaga after fifteen years as creative director, there were two general directions for rumors to go in: why he left, and who would replace him.

In the "why he left" category, Cathy Horyn had lots of sources who wouldn't let her use their names. She claimed that Ghesquière left because he didn't like increased pressure from PPR, the company that owns Balenciaga, to be more commercial. He was also reportedly jealous that PPR hired Hedi Slimane to run YSL and let him have tons of creative freedom, even changing the name of the company.

As for who might fill Ghesquière's shoes? Grazia reports that minimalist master Alexander Wang is a "hot favorite," but other possible contenders are Christopher Kane and Joseph Altuzarra. WWD listed those names and added a couple more, including Mary Katrantzou, J.W. Anderson, Thomas Tait, and lesser-known designers Kostas Murkudis and Bouchra Jarrar.

Carine Roitfeld herself even weighed in on what was next for Balenciaga, saying she hoped the fashion house would go with someone "young and fresh." Considering that every single young designer in the business has been named a possible replacement, she might have a point.

· Nicolas Ghesquière Is Leaving Balenciaga, So Let the Wild Speculation Begin [Racked]
· Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquière to Part Ways [Sub Req'd]
· Alexander Wang Is 'Hot Favourite' To Succeed Nicolas Ghesquière As Balenciaga's Designer [Grazia]