As rumours continue to circulate that Nicolas Ghesquière will be the one to succeed Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, his former employer, Balenciaga, have filed a lawsuit against the fashion designer for “breach of duty of confidentiality” over negative comments that he made in an interview with System Magazine. In the interview he stated
“I felt like my ambitions for the house were incompatible with Balenciaga’s all the time, but especially over the last two or three years it became one frustration after another. It was really that lack of culture which bothered me in the end. The strongest pieces that we made for the catwalk got ignored by the business people. They forgot that in order to get to that easily sellable biker jacket, it had to go via a technically mastered piece that had been shown on the catwalk. I started to become unhappy when I realised that there was no esteem, interest, or recognition for the research that I’d done; they only cared about what the merchandisable result would look like. This accelerated desire meant they ignored the fact that all the pieces that remain the most popular today are from collections we made ten years ago.”
While most of his comments appear to be his own opinions and didn’t seem to disclose any confidential information, we must note that, in France, freedom of expression is limited in instances where an employee or former employee “besmirches or potentially imperils” an enterprise.
A hearing is expected in September or October at the Tribunal de Grande Instance in France.