How Not to Act After Leaving a Job, Brought to You by the Legal Battles of Balenciaga V. Ghesquière
Gather 'round, kiddies. This is the cautionary tale of Nicolas Ghesquière's exodus from his post at Balenciaga, a role now filled by American boy Alexander Wang. The House That Cristobal Built and Ghesquière supposedly parted ways upon mutual agreement, though the departure was deemed shocking to the designer's legions of fans (you can count Kristen Stewart among them; for a while she was a spokesmodel for the brand).
Mutual decision, you're thinking, what's the issue? For starters, prior to the November 2012 joint decision for Ghesquière to get the flock out, the designer signed a separation agreement which forbade him from making any statements which could harm Balenciaga's image, according to WWD. If you recall, he did just that with a 30-plus-page interview given to his friend and stylist Marie-Amélie Sauvé for System magazine earlier in the year in which he said, in one gem, “…I began to feel as though I was sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenize things.” He is, of course, referring to his former employer.
The newest news from WWD is that Balenciaga is seeking 7 million euros in damages (that's a cool $9.2 million at current exchange) as retribution, as well as the cooperation of French publications who they are asking to print the judgement, should all go in the house's favor. It all goes down in court on October 15.
Good luck, Nicolas. May the odds be ever in your favor.