Balmain's Christophe Decarnin Replaced by Unknown Designer Olivier Rousteing
Christophe Decarnin Unlike the hullabaloo surrounding Dior's yet-unknown pick for designer, there has only been a little speculation about Christophe Decarnin's successor at Balmain. But now the intrigue is mounting. Rather than going the big-name route, WWD reports Balmain is finalizing contracts for an unknown from within the house ranks.
The man in question is Olivier Rousteing, the label's second-in-command. Little is known about Rousteing and a quick search on Google yields absolutely no photos of the mystery man. WWD did some digging on his Linkedin profile where they found that he spent six years as a designer at Roberto Cavalli before transferring to Balmain, where he's been for the last three years.
It'll be interesting to see how Rousteing does as the man in charge and what direction the label is going to go. Here's hoping they tone down on the obnoxiously priced holey t-shirts!
Check out Balmain's fall 2011 fashion show here: