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Olivier Rousteing Is The New Designer At Balmain

Olivier Roustieng Balmain

Congrats goes to Olivier Rousteing for becoming the head designer of Balmain. I am so excited to see a person of color heading a major fashion house! This is big, big, big news! I can’t wait to see what he brings to the table. Are you as excited as I am? Do you think Rousteing will keep up the rocker chic look Balmain had uner Decarnin?

From The New York Times:

The new era at Paris’s sex-charged fashion house Balmain is beginning to take shape, with Olivier Rousteing being tapped as the label’s new designer. Rousteing, who joined Balmain in 2009 and is currently in charge of women’s wear, replaces Christophe Decarnin, who left earlier this month due to strategic disputes with chairman Alain Hivelin. Before joining Balmain, Rousteing worked for five years at Roberto Cavalli, which should serve him well in delivering the decadent rock-inflected glamour that became the label’s trademark under Decarnin. Photo from NYT.

Decarnin To Leave Balmain,Successor Will be Named Soon

Christophe Decarnin has left Balmain and the design house will name a successor next week.  I can’t really say that anyone is surprised but these events seeing that he was hospitalized earlier this year for mental health issues and missed the show in Paris.

Maybe there was too much pressure on him? That seems to be a trend among designers lately. They are getting overly stressed out. Fashion is no longer about art and design, but profits. Melanie Ward who styled the last Balmain show a few months ago is said to be the front-runner for the job along with other in house designers from the label. Photo from Balmain.

He is a very talented designer. I hope he gets the help that he needs and comes back from this stronger than ever. Today has been a fast fashion news day. I hope only positive things happen during the rest of the day.How do you feel about this situation? Do you feel like designers are under too much pressure?

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Paris Fashion Week Fall 2011 Explodes

Between the Galliano saga, the rumors that Pilati will leave YSL, and the sad rumor that Decarnin was a no show at the Balmain show because he was in a mental hospital, I have no clue what to think about Paris Fashion Week Fall 2011. Everything has gone crazing. Paris is truly burning. I had a small bit of time to look at the recent shows, which really means I looked at them around midnight when I should have been in bed. Here are some that caught my eye.

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Paris Fashion Week Post Part Two

This post is continued from yesterday’s post. Photos from Style.com.

Balmain was not as good as I thought it would be. I was expecting Christophe Decarnin to stop taking the “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach, but I see that isn’t happening anytime soon. The same skinny pants and boxy jackets were there. The only thing that changed was the fact that they were a different color, and he finally stopped making those short, boxy, bodcon dresses.
Balmain
Gareth Pugh was really good. It looked very creepy to me, but creepy in a good way. His makeup and hair always complements his collection. The shapes and color scheme were purely Pugh, but unlike Balmain, something seemed different. It reminded me of a space ghost, no not the cartoon.
Gareth Pugh
I loved Limi Feu. That collection full of wide shapes and big hair was so cool to me. Limi Yamamoto really took what she learned from her dad and is making it her own. The collection was so classic to me.
Limi Feu
Hakaan was another collection bathed in white. I am not really a fan of wearing white clothes all the time, but these designers are really making white look appealing to me. The pantsuits were amazing. Living up to the hype is hard, but Hakaan is doing it well.
Hakaan