Olivier Rousteing Confirmed as Balmain’s New Designer
Olivier Rousteing is replacing Christophe Decarnin less than a month after the former designer mysteriously cut the ties with Balmain. Rousteing was already running Balmain’s womenswear design studio behind the scenes since 2009. He previously spent five years at Cavalli, where he was promoted to designer of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections. He is French-born, was raised in Bordeaux, and completed his fashion studies at ESMOD in Paris in 2003.
Balmain chief executive officer Alain Hivelin said, “I am convinced of Olivier’s talent and ability to build upon the successes of the house. He begins his new task with a great understanding and appreciation of the unique DNA of the brand.”