PARIS — A legal representative for stylist Marie-Amélie Sauvé on Tuesday filed defenses in the face of a lawsuit brought by Balenciaga against her and its former designer Nicolas Ghesquière for remarks that the fashion house deemed harmful.
At a brief administrative session at the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris, the court set Feb. 4 as the date when Balenciaga is to file submissions in reply to Sauvé’s arguments and Ghesquière’s, which were already deposited last October.
A date for pleadings has yet to be fixed, and it is understood the civil case could take a few years to wind its way through the French courts.
Court documents obtained by WWD in September show Balenciaga is seeking damages of 7 million euros, or $9.2 million at current exchange, over an interview Ghesquière and Sauvé granted to upstart London-based fashion magazine System earlier this year.
The suit mentions multiple quotes by Ghesquière from the cover story, which ran over 30 pages. One of them reads: “…I began to feel as though I was sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenize things.”
According to counsel for Balenciaga, when Ghesquière exited the house a year ago, the separation agreement stipulated that he refrain from declarations that could hurt the image of the fashion house, owned by France’s Kering.