I kind of am surprised, but at the same time I'm not.
Something in his collections seemed to lack as of recently, some sort of spark that was very rock n roll but glamorous, but recently Balmain has had a darker tint to it. I don't know if that can be a valid correlation but an artists lives can be reflected in their work.
Seeing how he turned the house and how huge the house is right now one would not assume the train would just stop right away (specially after we have all had our eyes on Galliano for some time), we saw a decent ride for both Christophe and Balmain.
I do hope his successor does keep that sexy, rock n roll vice, a bit trashy but glam vibe that even if we don't like, we still pay attention to it no matter what.