>> One of the names that has been bandied about in the Balenciaga succession pot is Kostas Murkudis, the quiet Berlin-based veteran who was once the first assistant to Helmut Lang.  His work has been dotted on the blog throughout the years despite the fact that a) I've never met him and b) I hardly ever see his work in person and yet somehow, because I have this one vintage slip of a Kostas Murkudis dress lurking in my wardrobe, which I bought in Berlin ages ago.  I've got very specific ideas as to who I think would be suitable to succeed Ghesqui√®re and frankly Murkudis isn't one of them for me.

That said, I'm always up for appreciating his work independent of the rumour mill, and this season, he's gone vid/GIF mad with his collection of concealing and revealing with the use of sheers and plastics and stiffened fabrics.  Like in a lot of collections in general, you could read a few Ghesqui√®re tropes in his work – innovative use of material, away-from-the-body structures and sci-fi-esque sensuality (although I suspect with Murkudis' longtime experience, the similarities result from natural development rather than direct plagiarism).  Here lies the crux in selecting Ghesqui√®re's successor.  Surely, the key would be to choose someone who hasn't dabbled in the language that is so associated with Ghesqui√®re (regardless of who actually came up with certain ideas first, somehow it's easier to say that "Balenciaga did it First") and hasn't turned out a collection that is just a mish-mash of what Ghesqui√®re has done in the past.  To choose someone with a fresh point of view and someone that can carve a completely different chapter in the house of Balenciaga would be far more exciting than simply instilling someone who can carry on rehashing Ghesqui√®re-isms in the way that more than a few contemporary designers do today.  Murkudis may or may not be in the mix but as it stands, viewed on its own, one can appreciate the vitality of his work.  When matched up to Ghesqui√®re's tenure at Balenciaga however, it just becomes a pedantic game of compare-and-contrast.  This seems to also be the case with a few of the other candidates that have been mentioned in connection with the job.  

Anyhow, it seems Murkudis has taken on the creative directorship of another label Closed so the rumour may be a weak one.  All the better then that I can carry on appreciating his work in its own capacity.    

Comments (10)

  1. mariposa says:

    Super post!
    congrats..
    xoxo from germany
    http://mariposa-world.blogspot.de

  2. Duck says:

    I’d love to know who you do want to take the post…

  3. Denisa says:

    Taht collection looks nice. I really like it. Have a nice friday.
    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  4. Angela says:

    I like your take on the best succession to Balenciaga! Great photos!

  5. Chloe says:

    You should never under estimate a creative person. Sometimes the true potential of a designer doesn’t shine because they may not have all the resources that a huge fashion house has (the skilled workers, the ample resource, the money & etc…)
    You never know really…
    Anyway, I can’t wait to see what Nicolas Ghesqui√®re does next.

  6. rarararara says:

    I agree: awesome post.
    How it’s layered, the trapezium shapes in the back of the short jackets, the use of colour and especially the mixture of materials, i like it a lot.
    Though I would have never thought that Kostas is in for the race for the Balenciaga-post, I do think he would be a better fit then Alexander Wang who seems to be close to getting the post, i read.
    But I would be also very interested what your opinion is, on who you would like to get it.

  7. The Provoker says:

    I do love GIF shots, and better yet how can I say no to plastic in garments, there’s something about its impractical yet quirky texture that adds instant “cool-factor” to any look. Plus I’m personally trying to sew up and plastic coat, and trust me, it’s a bitch to sew and it’s the kind of plastic that frays which means it’s super tricky to handle.. Btw, I recently did an outfit post in an underground garage; I’m a guy and I’d be featuring crochet shorts and a floral blazer, but I made it sporty, you’ve gotta’ check it out! I promise it’s trendy not tranny lol.
    xx The Provoker
    http://www.the-provoker.com/2012/11/the-i-in-team.html

  8. Lynkez says:

    The shoes look like a face of a person in the shadow. I love the mves though.

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