Decarnin Departs

Christophe Decarnin after the S/S 2011 Show

It’s the end of an era.  Women’s Wear Daily reported today that French line Balmain  is splitting with Christophe Decarnin who designed the line for the past five years.   According to Miles Socha, author of the article Balmain, Decarnin Parting Ways,

“it is understood an internal candidate is the front-runner to take up the design helm at a house Decarnin made synonymous with audacious, ultrasexy — and ultraexpensive — fashions.”

This news comes after the F/W 2011 show that Decarnin did not attend due to “doctor’s orders.”

In the five years he designed for the house, Decarnin turned out the ripped shirts, short skirts, painted-on pants, and strong shouldered jackets that created the “Balmania” craze.  No matter what the prices (and they were incredibly high), editors, celebrities, and cool girls everywhere appeared at the shows, on the red carpets, and on the streets sporting Decarnin’s distinctive looks.  Even I couldn’t resist following the trend, albeit in a more toned-down, less expensive way.  It will be interesting to see where the new designer takes Balmain, a label founded in 1945 by by Pierre Balmain, since Decarnin’s looks changed little from season to season.  For more on the story click here and here.


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