With the post left by the departure of Christophe Decarnin, on the 26th April 2011 the house of Balmain announced the appointment of Olivier Rousteing as its new Designer. It is unconfirmed but there is a suggestion that Decarnin left Balmain due to ill health? I'm not familiar with Olivier Rousteing and 25 seems like a babe in arms no? He maybe young but evidently he's extremely talented and knows what he's doing! Rousteing knows the brand, he has been designing Balmains women’s wear for two years. He now takes on the responsibility of designing, supervising and developing both men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections.
Before joining Balmain, Rousteing worked for five years at Roberto Cavalli, where he was promoted to the position of Designer for the women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections. Olivier Rousteing was born in France and raised in Bordeaux. He completed his fashion studies at Paris’s École Supérieure Des Arts Et Techniques De La Mode (ESMOD) in 2003.