Nicolas Ghesquiere has announced his surprise departure from Balenciaga, the critically acclaimed Parisian house he revitalized and transformed in a 15 year post as creative director. Ghesquiere has been widely credited in bringing the label to new heights in both ready-to-wear and accessories since Cristobal Balenciaga’s passing in 1972. Although both Ghesquiere and the brand confirm that the split was amicable, concrete reasons as to why Ghesquiere decided to leave are still unknown. Cathy Horyn offers some insight in her recent interview with Ghesquiere for Style.com suggesting financing and perhaps a disharmony in the tone of the brand. Where Ghesquiere will go from here, as well as his successor at Balenciaga both remain unknown.