The fashion set across Europe is certainly becoming familiar with courtrooms.
While Dolce and Gabbana were convicted for tax evasion in Milan on Wednesday, WWD released a detailed report on multiple French brands heading to court. The jaw-dropping story in the mix of the LVMH-Hermes debacle, however, involves Balenciaga and the man who made the brand.
The French fashion house is suing its former creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, over comments he made in an interview with System magazine upon his exit from the luxury brand last fall. Though "freedom of expression" is a component of French law, certain limitations are applicable especially when pertaining to the workplace. Therefore, if a current or former employee "imperils" a company in any way, that employer can take the individual to court.
In the System piece published in April, the designer was quoted as repeatedly criticizing Balenciaga and parent company Kering (formerly PPR). The detailed interview included Ghesquiere saying he felt as if he was being "sucked dry." The designer also said his gig at Balenciaga "started becoming a bureaucracy and gradually became more corporate, until it was no longer even linked to fashion.”
The first hearing is expected in September.