Christophe Decarnin – Out At Balmain

April 6, 2011 § 2 Comments

After serving 5 years as the head Creative Director of the legendary Parisian house Balmain, this morning it was announced that Christophe Decarnin is officially leaving. While it is a blow to the fashion industry, it is safe to say that we all saw this one coming.

Decarnin, known for his glam rock & roll aesthetic, brought Balmain to the top of the lists of buyers, stylists, and fashionistas. The house’s exaggerated shoulders, military blazers, barely there glitzy dresses, and overpriced (1600+) bejeweled jeans became an overexposed trend that was found in many of closets all around the world, knockoff or otherwise.

I first fell in love with the house when I viewed pictures from the Fall 2007 show. The glammed-up hippie girl look was fresh, fun, and positively pushed Decarnin away from other designers as he dared to try something different. For the Fall 2008 show (which began the Ziggy Stardust vibe) I complimented Decarnin’s change in aesthetic, providing his onlookers with a different image that still represented the designer. He made trashy look cool, which I admired. But after that show, Balmain became repetitive. I was tired of seeing the same blazer, the same bare stomach, the same ripped army tee over and over again. The house wasn’t fresh anymore; it was creatively drowning in its own rapid success.

After Decarnin’s absence from the recent Fall 2011 show due to depression, many speculated that the designer was going to leave shortly after. His successor will be announced soon; I have a strong feeling it will be someone from the internal design team a la McQueen. I’m excited to see how the house of Balmain will turn out in the upcoming seasons. After the tragic suicide of Alexander McQueen, Galliano being booted from Dior, & talks of Ricardo Tisci leaving Givenchy, it’ll be interesting to see how the fashion industry will transform. Keep your eyes peeled for from new faces, I know I am!

Click here to view my favorite Balmain collection.

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