Last year, Nicolas Ghesquière leaving Balenciaga caused all sorts of industry drama and rumors. First, everyone thought Christopher Kane was a shoe-in for the job. We were all wrong. Alexander Wang was given the job, but what was the real reason that Ghesquière left Balenciaga?

It appears that was a disconnect between the designer's passion and the higher-ups at the fashion house. In an interview with Business of Fashion, Ghesquière told the publication, "They forgot that in order to get to that easily sellable biker jacket, it had to go via a technically mastered piece that had been shown on the catwalk. I started to become unhappy when I realised that there was no esteem, interest, or recognition for the research that I’d done; they only cared about what the merchandisable result would look like."

That seems like a highly incompatiable situation. To find out what else went wrong, or just to read the rest of the article, click here.

[via Business of Fashion]