Drama is never far around the corner in the world of fashion and this week has been no different, with plenty of glamour, rumour and quite frankly jaw dropping development. here's all you need to know...
The week's biggest story has been the news that Nicolas Ghesquière is to leave Balenciaga, effective from November 30th. Thus the rumour mill, which had been given a little respite in recent months following the appointment of Raf Simons at Dior and Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent, cranked up to full speed once more. Many, including Simon Chilvers at The Guardian, have expressed their desire to see Ghesquière take over from Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel as when the time comes. However, Lagerfeld himself has now put in his two pennies' worth, saying that it would be a good idea for Ghesquière to launch his own label, perhaps with the backing of LVMH. Meanwhile, a host of names have been suggested as possible replacements for Ghesquière, among them Christopher Kane, Joseph Altuzarra and Alexander Wang. This trio are already well on their way to establishing strong labels of their own and so may not want to abandon that mission for the Balenciaga job. Lesser known names in the mix include Kostas Murkidis, Boucha Jarrar and Ghesquière's current first assistant Natacha Ramsay. Of course, there is still the ongoing mystery surrounding Diego Della Valle's choice of designer to head up the revival of Schiaparelli, now scheduled for next year. LFW's very own Erdem is one of the favourites for that role. Never a dull moment.
|A rather Chanel-ish look from from Nicolas Ghesquiere's |
final Balenciaga collection (catwalking.com)
|Rihanna and Kate Moss by Mario Testino #1|
|Rihanna and Kate Moss by Mario Testino #2|
|The "Angels" backstage (dailymail.co.uk)|
|Cara Delevingne makes her Victoria's Secret debut (dailymail.co.uk)|
|Doutzen Kroes accompanies Rihanna down the catwalk (us magazine.com)|
|Get the Kardashian look (image via guardian.co.uk)|
MIA could be in the line to work with the super glamorous Italian label, in what capacity is not yet clear apart from the fact that the singer otherwise known as Maya Arulpragasam has files on her computer containing "Versace outlines". Watch this space...
|MIA works Versace (guardian.co.uk)|
Finally, a treat awaits us. Chanel model Gaspard Ulliel has been chosen to play Yves Saint Laurent in a new biopic of the designer's life. Fashion history and eye candy, bring it on. Happy Weekend!
|Bonjour Gaspard! (wwd.com)|