The fashion industry is always changing and there have been some pretty significant departures at fashion’s most-esteemed houses in the last two months, including the resignation of Christophe Decarnin at Balmain. The longstanding French brand has finally named its design successor in Olivier Rousteing: a Bordeaux native who has been the head of the womenswear studio since 2009. Brands often promote from within so the decision isn’t a complete shock, but Rousteing isn’t very well-known, making the suspense for the next collection palpable.
Rousteing holds a degree from the Parisian fashion school, l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode and he spent five years at Roberto Cavalli before joining Balmain’s design team. He will not be giving any interviews until the debut of his Spring 2012 collection for the brand in October and to say that everyone in the industry is on the edge of their seats is an understatement.
We are excited for Rousteing’s promotion for a number of reasons. First, Rousteing is black, making him one of the handful of black designers showing at Paris Fashion Week, which is the most elite of any in the world. He is also quite young, hopefully bringing a fresh spin to the brand. Lastly, the brand was quite frankly becoming pretty stale. How many pairs of skintight leather pants and studded biker jackets can one own?
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Are you excited about Olivier Rousteing? How do you feel about the Balmain brand in general?