Balmain names new Creative Director

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27 April 2011

Just three weeks after Balmain announced that it was parting ways with Christophe Decarnin, it has been confirmed that Oliver Rousteing will supervise the design and development of the brand's men's and women's ready-to-wear collections. Rousteing joined Balmain in 2009 designing the womenswear.

Raised in Bordeaux, Rousteing completed his fashion studies at the École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (ESMOD) in Paris in 2003. He then spent five years at Roberto Cavalli, where he designed both the women's and men's collections.

Rousteing's debut for Balmain will take place during Paris Fashion Week this coming October, with a collection for spring/summer 2012. He told WWD how he wanted to ensure that the label, which was founded by Pierre Balmain in 1945, will: "always remains one of the leading brands that others look to as a reference".