nicolas ghesquiere's best red carpet looks for belanciaga

The many kinds of Balenciaga on the red carpet.

This week, fashion types were overjoyed to learn that the great Nicolas Ghesquière had finally landed at a house deserving of his phenomenal talent: Louis Vuitton. The slot, of course, was recently left vacant by Marc Jacobs, who wanted to focus on his namesake label. While we’re curious to see what a visionary like Ghesquière will do with all those monograms, we’re mostly just happy he’ll be back to work soon.

As you may know, Ghesquière came out of nowhere back in 1997 (at the astounding age of 25) when he was plucked from the accessories division to helm the house of Balenciaga. After fifteen years, he managed to steer the venerable but ailing brand into the future, designing one brilliant, challenging, trend-defying, moment-defining collection after anothe (and some really awesome hats!). He and the brand parted ways last year.

In honor of his new position at LV, here’s 15 of (some of) his greatest looks on the red carpet…

"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" Australia Premiere - Arrivals

Cate Blanchett, who wears a lot of Balenciaga, wore this explosion of shine and texture to the Sydney premiere of Benjamin Button.

16th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute - Arrivals

Diane Kruger in a Starry Night-like print for the Elle Women in Hollywood party back in 2009.

16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Backstage And Audience

A sun-kissed Emma Stone at the Critics Choice Awards.

Premiere Of Focus Features' "Reservation Road" - Arrivals

A favorite: multiple-time face of the brand Jennifer Connelly wore this unforgettable dress from the riotous Spring 2008 collection.

23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards - Arrivals

Jessica Chastain, as beautifully-fitted a sparkly black gown can be.

2009 mtvU Woodie Awards - Arrivals

Model Jessica Stam in a gray eyelet mini in 2009.

julianne moore balenciaga red carpet

Brand loyalist Julianne Moore in glittery, caped pink…

67th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

And a relaxed gray silhouette at the Golden Globes in 2010.

2007 Palm Springs International Film Fest Awards Gala - Arrivals

Blanchett again, in a look from Spring 2007’s mind-blowing futurism collection.

17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Arrivals

Chastain, who should apparently wear pink more often–it suits her remarkably well.

64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

Kristen Wiig in a ghostly look at the Emmys.

Sleeping Beauty Premiere - 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Alexa Chung, looking ladylike at Cannes.

Actress Kristen Stewart attends the "On The Road" Photocall during the - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2012 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)The face of the fragrance, Kristen Stewart (also at Cannes) wore these awesome pants to promote On the Road.

16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Arrivals

Michelle Williams looked ethereal at the Critics Choice Movie Awards.

79th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

And then the 2007 Oscars: while Nicole Kidman is practically synonymous with the word “statuesque,” this dress managed to make her even more so.

And a very special bonus:

2007 BET Awards - Show

Beyonce wore Ghesquière’s unforgettable “robot leggings” (from Spring 2007) which are approximately 1/2 of our dream C-3PO Halloween costume.

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