Balmain Said to Have Hired an Unknown Designer to Replace Christophe Decarnin

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A Balmain look from the fall 2011 show — where Decarnin was mysteriously absent. Photo: Imaxtree

Christophe Decarnin is out at Balmain, the label finally admitted recently, following reports the designer was suffering from mental illness. An announcement about his replacement is expected "in the next two to three days," British Elle reports. Though stylist Melanie Ward, who joined Balmain following the departure of new French Vogue editor Emmanuelle Alt, was rumored to be in the running to replace Decarnin, British Elle's source says otherwise.

NO BIG NAMES FOR BALMAIN [British Elle]
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