Balmain Spring 2012: New Designer, the Same Blinged Out Rock & Roll Balmain (With a Stop Off In Vegas)
PARIS--You could almost feel the anticipatory buzz before Olivier Rousteing presented his first collection as creative director of Balmain yesterday. The young designer was an assistant at the label before he was named as Cristophe Decarnin's replacement last April. Decarnin polarized critics with his crazy expensive slashed tees, strong-shouldered cropped jackets and skinny jeans, but he also created a frenzy--"Balmania"--for the line (thanks also in part to Emmanuelle Alt's styling). Could Rousteing fill his shoes?