He is the man held responsible for reinventing Kristen Stewart's red carpet style, so it's no wonder that when designer Nicolas Ghesquière reached the decision to leave his 15-year post at Balenciaga the actress gave him her full support. The former creative director of the French fashion house founded in 1914 by Cristóbal Balenciaga, stepped down from the role in November last year and has since been replaced by New York Fashion Week favourite Alexander Wang. We reported earlier this week that in the latest issue of 032c magazine Ghesquière gave a frank interview to writer Pierre Alexandre de Looz about his reasons for leaving Balenciaga, but the German publication's 38-page tribute to the designer also features quotes from major industry figures, including Grace Coddington, Eric Wilson, and Hamish Bowles, as well as his long time friend and muse, K-Stew.
Like the man himself, Stewart isn't backwards in coming forwards about her opinion of Ghesquière's shock departure. On the moment she discovered the news following his final Balenciaga show, she said: "I was like, ‘Dude, are you okay?’ and he was like (in a French accent), ‘Yes. Yes. I will tell you soon, but there are things happening.’ Before I left, he was like, ‘All right, I'll tell you.’ I’m so fucking proud of him because what he was about to do would rock people’s worlds. He was just like, ‘Believe for me.’ I thought it was the coolest fucking thing."
Nicolas Ghesquière and Kristen Stewart in Vogue US, September 2012
Not only is the 'Twilight' star, who is the face of Balenciaga's Flora Botanica fragrance, full of praise for the designer, but she also revealed how she would follow him out the door: "The look on his face after that show, he had this look like he was actually the kid who was being told he wasn't allowed to do something. And he was totally not going to stand for it, and I was like, 'I will totally run away with you.'"
There has not yet been any official word from Balenciaga about Stewart's ongoing relationship with the brand, but as the label's new designer Wang is closely tied with model Liberty Ross, the other woman in the actress' cheating scandal with director Rupert Sanders, we can't imagine she'll be top of his potential campaign star list.
It's likely that Stewart's friendship and collaboration with Ghesquière will continue as she said of the designers creations: "I’ve felt the happiest I’ve ever felt wearing these clothes."
See K-Stew's hottest Balenciaga moments in the gallery above...
[Source: The Cut]