Archive for April 9, 2011

Decarnin’s departure from Balmain

The big news rocking the fashion world this week was Christophe Decarnin’s surprise departure from Balmain.

The creative director, who has been working with the brand since 2005, is rumoured to be suffering from a stress related illness. The news follows his absence from the design house’s AW11 show, which was put down to exhaustion, but prompted those in the know to speculate that the designer was unable to continue in his role. Other rumours included a fall out with the Balmain management, which has led to his speedy departure.

Pierre Balamin CEO Alain Hivelin shared a statement with Harper’s Bazaar saying, ‘Balmain announce(s) the end of its collaboration with creative director Christophe Decarnin. Decarnin’s work with the design team contributed to the success that the brand has enjoyed in recent years’.

It is true that Decarnin’s work and rocker style took the brand to a new level, and with it rose the prices – anything up to £10,000 for a single piece.

With Galliano’s recent departure from Dior, both houses now need to fill the vacancies of creative director, leaving everyone guessing who will take these coveted roles, and where Decarnin will go next.

Christophe Decarnin (Photo by Wiki143/Flickr Creative Commons)

Back to basics

SS11 has seen a number of feminine trends emerge, each as ladylike as the next. Florals, lace and pretty pastels are all big news, as are nude tones.

Take your summer look back to basics with nude tones which are perfect for the season. Varying from pale peach to dusky pinks, these complementary skin tones have never looked so chic!

Purveyors of ladylike, Chloe, were of course hot on the trend, with models in midi skirts and sleek haired combos for a smart, almost aggressive take on the trend. Silvery, translucent skirts covered shorter cover ups underneath and the look was finished with ribbon belts and pale ballet flats. White is also a part of this palette, and the same shapes were replicated in crisp white at Chloe.

At 3.1 Phillip Lim, the designer also embraced these pale nude tones. Soft pale sandy shapes paired with monochrome angular shapes were also seen matched with black heels and relaxed beauty basics. This combination of casual style and skin tone chic echoed Chloe’s feminine offering.

John Rocha offered a more dressy take on nude tones, with a Chanel inspired two piece in tweed neutral tones. Models had minimal make up, but loose hair gave volume to the shapes, which also included a full length silk and chiffon gown in barely there colour.

For easy chic this summer get on board with these classic neutrals – they work just as well with pale skin or a summer glow. Pair with gold accessories and monochrome to nail the trend.

John Rocha SS11 (Photo by The Style PA/Flickr Creative Commons)