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Just a little over an hour ago, the house of Balmain officially announced that designer Olivier Rousteing would be taking over Christophe Decarnin‘s old job as creative director. In a press release, Balmain touted the newly promoted Rousteing’s talents and resume.
A little more than two weeks after Christophe Decarnin was released from his contract at Balmain, rumors of his successor are swirling. Relative unknown — and “key deputy” of Decarnin — Olivier Rousteing is said to be taking over the position of creative director.
This week Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld made headlines — as did Dov Charney and Lady Gaga. Reality shows were such a thing, Kanye got back in the fashion game, and the royal wedding continued to take over our lives.
Remember when everyone thought it Balmain‘s creative director Christophe Decarnin might be mentally ill after he failed to attend his own show during Paris Fashion Week? It turns out that that might not be exactly why he didn’t turn up, but it was a sign that his relationship with the brand was coming to a close. This morning, Balmain announced the “end of its collaboration” with Decarnin, and is expected to announce a successor within the next week.
Though we still aren’t sure exactly why Christophe Decarnin skipped out on his Balmain show last week, things don’t look good over at the revered fashion house. Rumors of an alleged nervous breakdown have not been squashed, but Balmain also has yet to make an official statement. People are definitely freaking out though, as an exodus of assistants has already taken place.
Because one designer scandal clearly isn’t enough to sate the fashion industry’s appetite for drama, designer Christophe Decarnin‘s absence at Balmain’s A/W 2011 runway show today has caused no small amount of speculation, including (but not limited to) reports that he has actually been in a mental hospital since mid-January.
Not to be outdone by Diddy, Kanye is tapping Balmain‘s Christophe Decarnin to design costumes for his upcoming, sure-to-melt-your-face-off tour. Rumor has it Yeezy is asking for “seventies-centric pantsuits, cutaway coats, and gilded jeans” from Balmain’s fall 2010 collection to be remade just for him.
How can you sport Balmain’s aesthetic without breaking the bank? You could pop a shoulder pad in and get a pair of torn jeans…but it simply wouldn’t look the same. Apparently, however, shoppers — thousands of them — have found a way to mimic the military chicness. And we think it looks pretty damn good.
The House of Pierre Balmain has gone through one of the most remarkable existential crises witnessed in prêt-a-porter history. Its commercial success has always teeter-tottered; having seen lows in the mid 80’s under Oscar De La Renta and unprecedented highs since Christophe Decarnin joined the house in 2006. Yet, la maison Balmain has never ceased to reflect the subtle strengths and vulnerability of a woman.