Christophe Decarnin quits Balmain

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Christophe Decarnin is leaving Balmain.

The designer – famed for introducing the rock and military inspired look to the label – has announced he will depart the French fashion house, which he joined in 2005 before being made creative director in November 2007, though his successor has not yet been named.

Paying tribute to Christophe, Balmain CEO Alain Hivelin said: “Since 1945, the house of Pierre Balmain has been one of the leading French and international luxury brands. Christophe Decarnin’s work with the house’s design team contributed to the success that the brand has enjoyed in recent years.”

It is expected the fashion house will promote one of their current employees to the position of creative director.

Questions about Christophe’s future with Balmain were first raised last month when he was absent from their autumn/winter 2011-12 show in Paris.

However, at the time, a spokesperson cited medical reasons for his absence.

They said: “Christophe was feeling unwell and was asked to stay at home by doctor’s orders. It’s been a demanding season and unfortunately he couldn’t be at the show today. The collection was done completely under his creative direction. Now he needs to rest.”