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Christophe Decarnin is leaving Balmain as the Paris fashion house’s creative director. Since taking Balmain’s helm in 2005, Decarnin has been responsible for bringing the brand major financial success as well as some of our favorite looks: sharp shoulders, skinny jeans, leather, and distressed T-shirts. His designs ignited “Balmania” among the fashion elite, who shelled out thousands — up to $60,000 for a dress — for his signature rocker look.
Rumors of Decarnin’s departure began when he was a no-show at his own autumn/winter Paris show in February with reports that he suffered depression and was hospitalized. But WWD reports (subscription required) that the rumors about his health may have been overblown and the last straw was infact his disagreements with Balmain CEO Alain Hivelin about the direction of the company.
Emmanuelle Alt, our favorite bagless editrix, was his stylist until she took the helm as editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue. Her replacement, British stylist Melanie Ward, is rumored to now become Balmain’s new creative director.