Fashion house Balmain replaces Decarnin

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 2:54 PM
Fashion house Balmain replaces Decarnin

The fashion label Balmain has promoted from within, naming Olivier Rousteing (ROO-stan) as its new supervising designer for the men's and women's ready-to-wear collections.

The Paris-based house announced Tuesday that Rousteing would replace Christophe Decarnin, who officially left the job earlier this month although he did not appear at the fall collection preview in March.

Rousteing joined Balmain in 2009, most recently running the women's wear design studio. He previously worked for Roberto Cavalli.

The company was founded in 1945 by the late Pierre Balmain, considered a peer of Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga. After a period of decline in the 1980s and `90s, Decarnin was credited with reviving high-fashion interest in the brand with his sexy, rock `n' roll look.

It was rumored that Decarnin missed last month's show because he'd had a nervous breakdown, but a company spokesman said he was resting on doctor's orders.