Balmain’s Smooth Transition
It’s always a nail biter when a new talent takes the reigns from a brands reigning lead designer. Will they succeed? What changes will they make? Will they be able to appeal to the brands audience? In the case of Balmain’s ailing Christophe Decarnin stepping down to make way for 26-year-old Olivier Rousteing, the answer to all those questions is: Yes. Yes. Yes.
While not necessarily expected to make a big change to Balmain’s glamorous and “expensive” look, Rousteing managed to pick up right where Decarnin left off, with speculation that Decarnin had already been doing Rousteing’s job for a while before lead designer left as his second-in-command.
Regardless, Rousteing’s first offering in his official “I’m leading the ship” capacity was unleashed to very successful reception in Paris this week. “He obviously has a deep understanding of what has made Balmain so successful,” said fashion editor Fran Burns of British Vogue. “He’s really well versed in the DNA of the brand and it’s clear that he knows what the Balmain woman wants.”
WWD had this to say of Rousteing’s ability:
…to carry the torch for all the things for which his predecessor stood, minus the grime and plus a glimmer of sunshine.
Ah… yes… sunshine. They surely must mean the collection’s gold-embellished dresses and jackets, leaving a gal looking forward to a very Balmain Spring.