Balenciaga Names Vetements Founder, Demna Gvasalia, Artistic Director

A few months after announcing Alexander Wang’s exit as creative director of the fashion house, Kering’s Balenciaga has named his successor.

Effective immediately, Demna Gvasalia — founder of women’s ready-to-wear brand Vetements and former women’s designer for Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton — will take the creative helm of Balenciaga’s collections.

Gvasalia will present his first collection for the brand at the women’s ready-to-wear autumn and winter 2016/2017 show in Paris.

“[Gvasalia] has quickly emerged as the best choice for the new artistic direction of the maison,” said Isabelle Guichot, president and CEO of Balenciaga, in a statement. “With his mastery of techniques, his expertise and fashion knowledge, in conjunction with his innovative and carefully considered approach, Demna Gvasalia adopts a unique vision of the designer’s role today and thus recalls Cristobal Balenciaga’s own vision. I am confident that he will succeed in embracing Balenciaga’s core values and developing them in harmony with today’s global changes.”

Gvasalia will continue to fulfill his responsibilities for the Vetements brand, which presented its first women’s ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week in 2014, the company said.

“I am delighted to welcome Demna Gvasalia, a powerful emerging force in today’s creative world,” François-Henri Pinault, president and CEO of Kering, said in release. “Demna Gvasalia embodies a unique approach to the profession, marked by a sociological observation of the wardrobe’s essentials and the way he remains humble and rigorous in his creative work. I am convinced that he will lead Balenciaga to a successful future.”

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