PARIS — Lately, Nicolas Ghesquière has been electrifying audiences in New York and Paris with his runway shows for Balenciaga.
But this season, the designer will not stage a runway show in any fashion capital. “There is no show,” a spokesman for the house told WWD Wednesday.
He declined to give a reason for the decision or indicate any contingency plan for editors, who typically clamor for a chance to see one of the most directional shows of any fashion week.
Paris organizers had been expecting Balenciaga to rejoin its calendar, but no date was requested for the week, which runs Oct. 7 to 15.
The spokesman said a spring 2004 collection is being produced and would be sold to buyers at Balenciaga’s showrooms on Rue Cassette here. As for the press, “We have not yet figured out what we’re going to do.”
Balenciaga is majority-owned by Gucci Group, with Ghesquière, the house’s creative director, maintaining a 9 percent stake.