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Change is nothing new in fashion, not least when it comes to hiring. This season Milan Fashion Week saw two new designers present their first collections for established luxury fashion labels, shortly followed by this week’s announcement that Ralph Lauren had recruited a new CEO to take over from him. Now, all eyes are focused on one of Paris’ fashion mainstays: Balenciaga. 
Not only will Balenciaga be showing its Spring-Summer 16 collection this evening, but it will also mark Alexander Wang’s final collection for the fashion house. Indeed, Balenciaga confirmed in July that Wang, who took over from Nicholas Ghesquière, would be leaving after three years as creative director. In the light of this, there has been much debate in the fashion world as to who will be picked to follow in his footsteps.
As the recent appointment of Alessandro Michele at Gucci (one which has led to a sudden increase in popularity and sales) has proven selecting the right candidate is absolutely vital. The New York Times has suggested three possible contenders for the role of Creative Director at Balenciaga: Japanese label Sacai’s Chitose Abe, Julien Dossena who is currently at Paco Rabanne or Bouchra Jarrar. British Vogue meanwhile tipped the collective of seven designers behind French label Vêtements as potential candidates.
Of course, this is all mere speculation. Up until now, the Kering Group, which owns Balenciaga, has kept quiet on the subject. However, with Wang’s tenure having now come to a definite close, it can only be a matter of time before they unveil which designer they have recruited to be the next Creative Director.
Who do you think might be the ideal candidate for the job?