After Nicolas Ghesquiere has announced that he is leaving Balenciaga, it gave me time to think about the ever changing landscape of the fashion industry.
There were a lot of comments that Nicolas leaving was the “end of an era”. In some ways I would agree. With the passing of McQueen, Galliano being booted and now Nicolas resigning, it does appear that the few creative minds that have shaped creativity in fashion are dwindling quickly.
There are still a few pillars (like Rei from Comme Des Garcon, Raf Simmons and Marc Jacobs who are known for understanding the theatrics of fashion as well as the artistry) working today, but there does seem to be a dramatic lack of talent at the moment. There is always the new young crop of designers that the industry pushes forward, but these days, they seem to follow the heavies listed above. It has definitely left a huge vacuum for creative designers to come forth. Let’s hope some do and put creativity first before being sucked into the aspects of business and making money in the industry.
Here are few pics of Nicolas’ work: