Balenciaga’s $9.2 million lawsuit against former creative director Nicolas Ghesquière is set to go. A hearing date has been set for October 15th and Balenciaga’s counsel confirmed that the lawsuit does, in fact, stem from Ghesquière’s comments in an interview with System magazine (read what he said here). Stylist Marie-Amélie Sauvé has been named in the suit, as well. Balenciaga's complaint alleges that Ghesquière’s comments to System violated the parties' “separation agreement” that Ghesquière signed last October, which stipulated that he would “refrain from declarations that could hurt the image of Balenciaga.”
The complaint further states that “Balenciaga didn’t want its designer to justify his departure by criticizing the house that employed. In general, the parties, knowing the hypersensitivity of the fashion industry to changes in creative direction, were forbidden from commenting on the break in order to avoid any detrimental effect on their economic interests or their image.” On October 15th, we will see if Ghesquière can get the lawsuit dismissed or if the parties will proceed to a full hearing next year.