The suspense is over. Olivier Rousteing is officially Balmain’s new Creative Director. Christophe Decarnin left the fashion house following some health problems that stopped him attending his last show. It has been reported that the Balmain F/W 2011 collection has been already designed by Olivier Rousteing and styled by Melanie Ward.
The new designer was born in France and raised in Bordeaux. He completed his fashion studies at Paris’s Ecole Supérieure Des Arts Et Techniques De La Mode (ESMOD) in 2003. I went to the same fashion university.
Rousteing, who has been a member of the Balmain team since 2009, will oversee both menswear and the women’s collection. He previously worked at Roberto Cavalli, designing the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear lines for the Florence-based firm.
Good luck, Mr Rousteing!