The fashion world was shocked when Nicolas Ghesquière announced that he would be leaving his position as Creative Director of Balenciaga. Immediately setting the rumor mill into gear, Christopher Kane was a name that was thrown into the mix to fill in Ghesquière's shoes, but the Scottish designer has officially denied the rumors.
Sending the fashion industry into a tizzy on Friday night, French publication Le Nouvel Observateur reported online that Scottish designer Christopher Kane would be replacing Nicolas Ghesquière as the Creative Director of Balenciaga. Failing to credit a source, many believed that the rumors were to be true.
In a statement issued to Women's Wear Daily a Christopher Kane spokesperson denied the rumors stating, "Rumours surrounding Christopher Kane's appointment as creative director of Balenciaga are unfounded".
Christopher Kane was one of the names speculated as the successor to Nicolas Ghesquière along with Alexander Wang, Mary Katrantzou, Joseph Altuzarra, and the duo from Proenza Schouler. Christopher Kane currently designs for his own label as well as Versace's sister line Versus which shows during Milan Fashion Week.
Currently Balenciaga is wading through a "short list" of designers to succeed Ghesquière and while future plans for the former Creative Director are as of yet unknown, many are speculating that he will launch his own eponymous label.