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Christophe Decarnin Is Out At Balmain


Eyebrows raised last month when Balmain designer Christophe Decarnin was a no-show at the label’s Fall ’11 presentation—and higher still when rumors began to circulate that his absence was due to a stay at a psychiatric hospital. (The official story had it that he had been treated for psychiatric issues and was under doctor’s orders not to attend.) Stylist Melanie Ward took control over the show (and, some said, the entire collection’s design) in his stead.

Today, the house announced that Decarnin is departing the label that, since his appointment as creative director in 2007, he had helped revamp. In a brief statement, 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.”

His successor has not yet been named.

Photo: Monica Feudi /

No Show For Galliano, D&G’s Uncertain Future, Decarnin’s Disappearance, And More…


The latest from scandal-embroiled John Galliano: The designer won’t show his namesake label at a show as planned, but will hold a smaller presentation on Sunday. [Vogue U.K.]

Is the end near for D&G? According to sources at Italian retailers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are considering merging their secondary line with their main collection. [WWD]

Where in the world is Christophe Decarnin? That’s what the fashion world wanted to know when the designer didn’t emerge for his runway bow at today’s Balmain show. The rumors are flying that Decarnin was hospitalized for a mental breakdown—and according to Women’s Wear Daily, that may be partially true. The paper reports that Decarnin did not attend under doctor’s orders, having recently been released from a hospital where he was treated for depression. [WWD]

And it’s not news to anyone in the style world, but Prabal Gurung is a real character. That’s a distinction that’s being codified at USA Networks’ upcoming Character Approved Awards. Gurung shared his character-making early experiences with the network for the video above. [USA]

Balmain’s New Gal, Alt’s First Cover, Dispatches From The Rumor Mill,
And More…


Emmanuelle Alt’s ascension to the throne of Paris Vogue meant that her former employers—Balmain and Isabel Marant—were left without a stylist for their shows. Christophe Decarnin (left) has officially filled the position: longtime Helmut Lang stylist Melanie Ward is doing the honors for the label this season. [WWD]

And speaking of Alt, the editrix has revealed her first cover star: Gisele. “There was no question,” she tells British Vogue. The Brazilian supe wears Dolce & Gabbana and was shot by Inez and Vinoodh. [Vogue U.K. via Fashionista]

The rumor mill is churning again, using its new favorite echo chamber: Twitter. Someone at @KenzoPR has heard—and publicized—that “a certain designer at an established French house,” one whose CEO has just left, is being replaced after this season by “someone major” who “moved away from design the last couple of [years] but stayed in fashion.” [Racked]

And meanwhile in London, the Telegraph‘s Hilary Alexander drops backstage at Giles to chat with designer Giles Deacon and Katie Grand. This season’s look is austerity, Giles-style—which means austerity with plenty of goat fur. [Telegraph]

Photo: Photo: Monica Feudi /

Christophe For Kanye, Honeysuckle Rising, And Tom And Helen Sound Off…


In case you missed it earlier this week, rumor has it Balmain is designing a custom wardrobe for Kanye West (left, at Paris fashion week) to wear on tour. We’re looking forward to a season of bedazzled military jackets and megalomaniacal proclamations of supremacy. [Hint]

Pantone today announced its colors of the year for 2011, and topping the list is Pantone 18-2120, a reddish pink called Honeysuckle. So long, Turquoise, 2010 Color of the Year—it’s been fun. [Pantone]

Today in quotable hell-raisers, part 1: “I watch straight porn all the time. If I go on my computer, there’s a button that can connect me to all the sites I look at most often, and they’re all porn—and Porn and antiques!” —Tom Ford [Huffington Post]

Today in quotable hell-raisers, part 2: “Women control $20 trillion in consumer spending, so how about a bit of goddamn respect?” —Helen Mirren, who also had a few choice things to say about the proclivities (and, uh, private areas) of Hollywood’s favorite 18-to-25 male demographic. [WWD]

Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Belle Of The Ball


She may have been at GQ‘s Gentlemen’s Ball yesterday, but there was no chance that Demi Moore was going to step back and let Mr. Kutcher have the whole spotlight. Mrs. K stepped out in a gold-embellished frock from Christophe Decarnin’s red carpet-friendly Fall 2010 collection for Balmain. She kept her accessories accordingly minimal, from her blown-straight hair to her simple black pumps—this is one dress that more than speaks for itself. We’d say she does the look proud. What do you say: yea, nay, or eh?

Photo: Larry Busacca / Getty Images