The end to any relationship is bittersweet, and the news of Nicolas Ghesquière leaving Balenciaga instantly struck a nerve with us. For 15 years, the French designer has been at the helm of the legendary atelier and responsible for making us covet everything from motorcycle Le Dix bags and Lego-like heels to bold-shouldered futuristic silhouettes, gladiator-inspired knee-high sandals, and space-printed sweatshirts. It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that his penchant for stylish innovation has earned him a very loyal A-list fan base, a fact that has led to many a red carpet fraught with gorgeous, albeit edgier, dresses to lust after.
Longtime friend and muse Charlotte Gainsbourg can be trusted to wear his cutting-edge designs to just about anything; Kristen Stewart, the current face of the brand's perfume Florabotanica, was just spotted wearing his Spring '13 wares to the On the Road premiere; and Diane Kruger wowed in a champagne-hued remake of a 1930s Balenciaga silhouette at the 2004 Met Gala. Add Sienna Miller, Jennifer Connelly, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Miranda Kerr to an already-impressive list of Ghesquière devotees, and you've got quite the lineup of star-studded glamour to pore through. Herein find our favorite Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga red-carpet moments, as we pay homage to the man behind 15 years of impeccable craftsmanship.