The Balenciaga v. Ghesquière Suit is Moving Forward

According to WWD, the Balenciaga v.  Nicolas Ghesquière trial is inching forward. This week, a legal representative for stylist Marie-Amélie Sauvé on filed defenses in the face of a lawsuit brought by Balenciaga against her and the house's creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. In case you don't remember, the lawsuit stems from remarks that Ghesquière made in an April 2013 interview with System magazine that the fashion house deems were harmful (think: "I was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenise things" and Balenciaga has plans to "open up a load of stores in really mediocre spaces"). 

Balenciaga is alleging that the house's ex-director's comments are in breach of his confidentiality agreement with the house. At a brief administrative session at the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris, the court set February 4th as the date when Balenciaga is to file submissions in reply to Sauvé’s arguments and Ghesquière’s, which were already deposited last October. This is essentially, although indirectly, a battle of the two biggest fashion players, as Kering owns Balenciaga and its rival LVMH owns Louis Vuitton, where Ghesquière is now serving as creative director. More to come ...