As Grazia Daily gets used to the fact that Christophe Decarnin will no longer be designing for Balmain (grande boo) we take a look at the camera shy designer’s signature style. Decarnin transformed Balmain into the fash-tastic label that is known and loved by (us, obviously) as well as the likes of Emmanuelle Alt (who styled the label under Decarnin until landing the top job at Paris Vogue) to Mosskins, Anna Della Russo and Rihanna.
- The pointed shoulder: Oh, the pointed shoulder. It’s easy to forget that our entire obsession with sharp shoulders circa 2008 was pretty much down to one man. Decarnin first showed his Michael Jackson-esque brocade jackets with tennis ball shoulders on the S/S '09 Balmain catwalk, and lo – a trend was born. Imitated not only by the highstreet, but also by his fellow designers, the pointed shoulder was one of those heady trends that EVERYBODY seemed to get in on.
- Leather: Leather, and more leather. Decarnin utilised leather to create his signature of edgy femininity with super tight trousers, thigh skimming minidresses, quilted skirts and – of course – those iconic jackets.
- Distressed t-shirts. Christophe once said that distressed jersey was ‘a look I've always liked… I keep pictures of it all over my office.’ Throughout his tenure at Balmain we saw jersey that had been distressed with holes, bleach, safety pins; you name it.
- Sequins. Alongside his love of all things distressed, Decarnin was a major exponent of sequins and sparkle-based embellishment. From sequin encrusted shoulders on his Jackson-esque jackets, to complete sequin minidresses and disco pants, Decarnin loved to play with the dark side of disco. For evening and for day, Decarnin pretty much spearheaded our obsession with sequins for the daylight hours that saw us through 2009.
Check out our gallery below of celebs wearing Decarnin’s signature Balmain looks!
- Alex Butt