UPDATE: Christopher Kane Denies Accepting The Job At Balenciaga

17 November 2012 by

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UPDATE 2: Oh boo. Christopher Kane has officially denied rumours that he will be creative director of Balenciaga. After much excitement this weekend that the Scot would fill Nicolas Ghesquière's shoes, a spokesperson for the London-based designer has since released a statement denying the move.

'Rumours surrounding Christopher Kane's appointment as creative director of Balenciaga are unfounded,' they told WWD. Balenciaga CEO Isabelle Guichot has confirmed that they have a 'short list' of designers and will announce the new creative lead 'as soon as we're ready.' Don't keep us hanging too long, pleeease!

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UPDATE: Grazia Daily has contacted in-the-know fashion insiders to confirm whether Christopher Kane is indeed the new designer at Balenciaga. A well-placed source tells us they're not convinced by the speculation and suggests Alexander Wang is still the fore-runner. Curiouser and curiouser... Stay tuned as we bring you more updates.

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Christopher Kane is due to take the reigns at Balenciaga, according to two French publications. The London-based designer has reportedly taken Nicolas Ghesquière's place at the helm of the storied fashion house.

It was little over a week ago that Grazia Daily brought you news of Ghesquière's shock departure from the Parisian brand he'd help revive during a 15-year tenure. It was only a matter of time (ahem, seconds) until everybody threw their tuppence in.

New York-based talents Joseph Altuzarra and Alexander Wang were favourites to replace the directional designer as well as Mary Katrantzou and J.W. Anderson - but our bets were on Christopher Kane. Either way, we weren't expecting an answer any time soon - let's not forget Dior made the world wait an entire year before revealing Raf Simons as the new designer.

Cut to today and the fashion world is a-buzz with speculation that Kane will join the house as early as December 1, one day after Ghesquière leaves. Both Grazia France and French newspaper Le Nouvel Observateur are reporting that he has accepted the role as creative director, although the news has not been officially confirmed by either Kane or Balenciaga.

At Grazia HQ, we couldn't be more excited if he has bagged the top job. The 30-year-old Scot is London Fashion Week's hottest star with the fash pack anticipating his latest collection with suspense. While staying true to his formula of cutting close to the torso and favouring geometric panels plus corset-cups as his motif, he has successfully experimented with new textile technology every collection. He continued to hone his talents after being appointed by Donatella Versace to re-launch the brand's second line, Versus in 2009.

And here's the next question to keep us guessing: who'll be taking over at Versus if Kane is out? Let the musical chairs continue...


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