French label, Balenciaga is suing its former creative director for breach of contract after Nicolas Ghesquière made derogatory comments about the brand.
The hearing date is set for October 15.
Balenciaga is asking for 7 million euro in damages, after the designer breached his contract, in an interview to System magazine in which he discussed his decision to leave the brand in November. His contract stipulated that he would not make any comments that could damage the image of Balenciaga, its owners Kering, and its shareholders and collaborators.
He accused the label of “lacking in direction” and described how he was “sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenise things”.
“Balenciaga didn’t want its designer to justify his departure by criticising the house that employed him,” court papers read. “In general, the parties, knowing the hypersensitivity of the fashion industry to changes in creative direction, were forbidden from commenting on the break in order to avoid any detrimental effect on their economic interests or their image.”
A civil case against the designer on the same matter started on Tuesday, although the full court hearing is not expected until early next year.
A verdict will not be reached until spring 2014.