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Designer Spotlight (Nicolas Ghesquière x Balenciaga)

A FASHION REVIEW
  

Although his decade-long run at Balenciaga has come to an end, Nicolas Ghesquière's design legacy will -undoubtedly- continue to permeate, for years to come... 

Ghesquière was appointed Creative Director of Balenciaga, back in 1997 (after the departure of Josephus Thimister), of which he says, "...was all a kind of an accident," talking to Style.com after his last show (in September 2012).  


In the interview, Ghesquière said, "The first collection I did for the house was for Spring '98," yet he's steadily progressed and moved the brand forward, since then. 

(Balenciaga, Spring/Summer 1998 
x Kiara Kabukuru) 1st Collection.

(Balenciaga, Spring/Summer 2011 
x Chanel Iman) 

(Balenciaga, Spring/Summer 2013 
x Liya Kebede) Final Collection.

While dissecting some of his other ventures at the house, he once stated that a balance between "classicism and experimentation," is what helps to keeps the brand alive. And, along the way, he's established a fan base that includes actresses Jennifer Connelly and Kristen Stewart (both of whom have been spokespersons for the brand). 

(Balenciaga, Fall/Winter 2009 x Jennifer Connelly) 

Connelly wore a Ghesquière designedBalenciaga gown to the 74th annual, Academy Awards (in 2002), where she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (for her performance in "A Beautiful Mind"). 

* Video (Jennifer Connelly, Oscars, 2002)

(Balenciaga, 2002 x Jennifer Connelly) 

Stewart (the "Twilight" film star), wore a Balenciaga design to the annual, Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala (in May of 2012), and currently represents the brand's Florabotanica fragrance. 

(Balenciaga, 2012 x Kristen Stewart) 

 * Video (Kristen Stewart, Florabotanica, 2012)


(Balenciaga, 2012 x Kristen Stewart) 

Themes such as art, technology, the 1980's and science-fiction, have always been the building blocks of Ghesquière's collections at Balenciaga, and here's a small compilation of some of his greatest hits, throughout the years... 

(Blue Jean Baby

(Boots with the Fur

(College Prep

(Multi-Culti

(Attack of the Clones) 

(Black-and-Yellow

(Macro-Mini's
 
(Bon Voyage)
 
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