Update, 10/7: Balenciaga has named Demna Gvasalia artistic director of the fashion house, WWD reports. He is the head designer of Vêtements, a collective of designers (most of whom remain anonymous due to contracts with other brands, the New York Times reports) and will remain in his position there.
Gvasalia will show his first collection for Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week in March. ”I am looking forward to further [expand] the DNA of the house and, together with the team, to write a new chapter in its history,” Gvasalia told WWD.
Original post, 10/6: With Alexander Wang’s final Balenciaga show behind him, the fashion industry awaits the announcement of his successor with bated breath. Presumably, a decision will come imminently, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from turning.
The New York Times was swift with its conjectures, pulling out three contenders for the top spot before Balenciaga even showed last week: Sacai creative director Chitose Abe (despite a spokesperson telling the Times that Balenciaga had not reached out to her); Julien Dossena, artistic director of Paco Rabanne and a former Balenciaga designer under Nicolas Ghesquière; and Bouchra Jarrar, another Balenciaga alum of Ghesquière’s who designs an eponymous line of ready-to-wear and haute couture.
Meanwhile, Page Six added Vetements head designer Demna Gvasalia and McQ head of design Alistair Carr to the mix. A source told the paper, ”The most left-field name is the one at Vêtements, but some say he’s already confirmed.” Gvasalia appears to have already denied the rumors, according to a tweet from critic Cathy Horyn.
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