The fashion industry is always changing and there have been some pretty significant departures at fashion’s most-esteemed houses in the last two months, including the resignation of Christophe Decarnin at Balmain. The longstanding French brand has finally named its design successor in Olivier Rousteing: a Bordeaux native who has been the head of the womenswear studio since 2009. Brands often promote from within so the decision isn’t a complete shock, but Rousteing isn’t very well-known, making the suspense for the next collection palpable.

Rousteing holds a degree from the Parisian fashion school, l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode and he spent five years at Roberto Cavalli before joining Balmain’s design team. He will not be giving any interviews until the debut of his Spring 2012 collection for the brand in October and to say that everyone in the industry is on the edge of their seats is an understatement.

We are excited for Rousteing’s promotion for a number of reasons. First, Rousteing is black, making him one of the handful of black designers showing at Paris Fashion Week, which is the most elite of any in the world. He is also quite young, hopefully bringing a fresh spin to the brand. Lastly, the brand was quite frankly becoming pretty stale. How many pairs of skintight leather pants and studded biker jackets can one own?

Check out celebrities wearing Balmain designs here:

Are you excited about Olivier Rousteing? How do you feel about the Balmain brand in general?

-Faith Cummings

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  • The clothes are great, but he is HOT lol! Rousteing is probably gay (sterotype, yeah yeah…) But that doesn’t mean he isn’t FINE! lol

  • Alinafey

    WOW, forget the clothes, he’s so yummy!!!

  • You won’t believe this but I’ve been having day dreams lately that a French fashion house would install a blk head designer. I don’t know why but maybe it was Déjà vu.

    good luck to Oliver. I really hate what balmain was(overpriced garbage) under its’ previous head designer. I wish this cutie pie all the luck.

  • Bronze

    When I think of Balmain I think of a brand and not a designer house. They made Golden Girls sequence tops into hot minis. Other than that I was not impressed.

    I wish the stars for this young man. Stars, Heaven, Sun and Moon.

  • Cherron Garrett

    This is absolutely fab! Definitely a step in the right direction. Glad to see the fashion industry is stepping it up. Let’s hope other fashion houses and media outlets jump on the bandwagon.