And it won’t be anyone we know.
‘They’re going to choose someone unknown,’ our source said. ‘Christophe was an unknown when he came to Balmain, and the owners want to support lesser-known design talent.’
Balmain announced Decarnin’s departure last Wednesday, but rumours about the creative director’s troubles have circulated since his non-appearance at the label’s A/W ’11 show.
‘Christophe Decarnin’s work with the house’s design team contributed to the success that the brand has enjoyed in recent years,’ Pierre Balmain Chief Executive Alain Hivelin said last week. Whoever steps in will have to contend with Decarnin’s genre-defining legacy of ultra-expensive ripped jeans and sequinned blazers. Bonne chance...