Kristen Stewart’s favorite designer, Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière, who shares a mutual infatuation with the “Twilight” star, has been ousted as creative director by his imperious boss François-Henri Pinault.
Pinault, chairman and chief executive of French luxury goods retailer PPR, which includes Balenciaga, made the announcement today (Nov. 5) while Ghesquière, 41, was traveling in Japan and unavailable for comment.
The French fashion mogul said it was a “joint decision to end their partnership,” according to The New York Times.
Kristen Stewart Stunning Nicolas Ghesquière Design
Ghesquière was instrumental to signing Stewart as the face of Balenciaga’s Florabotonica perfume. It was her first major fashion deal, and the French designer stuck by her after her cheating scandal with “Snow White and the Huntsman” Director Rupert Sanders blew up in a tabloid frenzy.
Stewart could not say enough about him during a recent interview with UK edition of Marie Claire. Written before her scandal became public, the article reflected Stewart’s infatuation with Ghesquière that seem eerily like her relationship with Sanders.
“They finish each other’s sentences, they have in-jokes and the giggle like a pair of carefree lovers,” the article said. Was that ever a wrong choice of words. But the article’s title “The Other Man in Kristen’s Life” was even more explosive.
“You meet someone and you recognize them,” Stewart said of the dashing designer. “You fu*king recognize them.” After a period on the outs because of the scandal, Stewart has since reconciled with boyfriend Robert Pattinson.
It’s unclear at the moment, whether Stewart will stay with the brand or attempt to get out of her contract. Also questionable is whether the brand will keep her.
Ironically, Stewart wore a stunning Balenciaga cut-out white top and high-waisted black trousers designed by Ghesquière personally to the AFI Fest premiere of her new movie “On the Road with Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley.
The Cristóbal Balenciaga house, founded in 1937, is a top player in the fashion industry. And, much of the credit goes to Ghesquière. PPR acquired it in 2001, according to The Times.