He was the guy who re-invented dyed jeans , a jackets with wide shoulder, a sudpersexy short dress with one sleeve. He was who invented the new French-Girl Cool look.
But this one was a rich girl, and Isabel Marant translated this image for cheaper money. Emmanuelle Alt was a good help to strengthen the new French girls image, since she was working as a stylist for both Balmain and Marant. And than came a bunch of other french designers who translated this look for even cheaper money: Iro, Sandro, Maje etc.
Decarnin is gone because he did not show up for Balmain Autumn/Winter 2011 show. I don’t know what happened to him, www.style.com was referring to some heath problems. Alt bailed from the story becoming the editor -in- chief of French Vogue. Isabel Marant still is in a good health, continues to work with French-Girl Cool images and raises prices with every season. Must to say, the least seasons even without Decarnin’s influence , the French girls continously goes wild to west or we could say, looks for $. Rodeo girls, American sport clothes, Elvis ( What will be the next Big Thing?) But theses changes are just on the surface, in the prints, shmints. The idea and siluets are the same.
Iro, Sandro, Maje are doing well as well , opening flaship-stores in London etc. Seems like everyone is just fine, including the French-Girl Cool.