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.
‘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.’
It will be interesting to see what a new designer can do with a label that has hardly strayed from its commercially if not always critically winning formula of astronomically priced tight sequined minidresses, worn-in jeans, and ripped T-shirts.