Olivier Rousteing Named Designer Of Balmain-------
One designer vacancy, at least, has been filled. Balmain announced today that Olivier Rousteing, who has been in charge of the womenswear design studio at the label, has been named its new designer. Rousteing, a relative unknown outside of fashion circles, has worked at Balmain since 2009; prior to that, he spent five years at Roberto Cavalli. Rousteing was born in France and raised in Bourdeaux, and holds a degree from the Parisian fashion school ESMOD. What’s his plan for Balmain? Only time, apparently, will tell. The designer is said not to be giving any interviews prior to the debut of his Spring ’12 collection in Paris later this year.
Update: Melanie Ward, the legendary stylist and Helmut Lang alum who was brought in to work on the Fall ’11 collection and was considered one potential candidate to take the reins after Christophe Decarnin’s departure, will no longer be working with the label.