''Easy there, rumor mill. After a series of reports—all seeming to stem from an Asian site called Luxury Society, but picked up by outlets ranging from The Cut to StyleCaster that Nicolas Ghesquière had been confirmed as Marc Jacobs’ successor at Louis Vuitton, a source at the French house told Style.com that it’s not so. The representative stated that Vuitton has no comment as to whether it’s considering Ghesquière for the creative director gig, and could not confirm when the identity of the new designer will be released. That being said, whispers about talks between Ghesquière and LVMH have been circulating for some time…and look at how last year’s rumor that Alexander Wang might get appointed to Balenciaga turned out. All we can say for now is: Stay tuned.'' —Katharine K. Zarrella, Style.com
After assisting Jean Paul Gaultier, and working on knitwear at Pôles, Ghesquière originally joined Balenciaga, at age 23, to create, "among other things, funeral clothes for the Japanese licensing market,", what he described as “what many would call the worst position in fashion”. He was named creative director of the brand two years later, in 1997. On November 5, 2012, Balenciaga announced that it was parting ways with Ghesquière, ending his 15-year tenure as creative director.