Balmain Spring 2011: It's Christophe Decarnin's Way or the High Way

PARIS--Minimalism might be the new old thing, but Balmain designer Christophe Decarnin could give a flying f*ck. He made that quite clear today at Le Grand Hotel, where he showed his Spring 2011 collection. Models including Daria, Carmen Kass (with a shaggy new pageboy cut), and Isabeli Fontana stomped down the runway to what seemed like several iterations of Frank Sinatra's "My Way." And indeed, Decarnin did it his way. Save for a plain white jacket near the end of the show, the designer presented his signature sparkly blazers, some ripped t-shirts, and few pieces embellished with studded crystals.
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PARIS--Minimalism might be the new old thing, but Balmain designer Christophe Decarnin could give a flying f*ck. He made that quite clear today at Le Grand Hotel, where he showed his Spring 2011 collection. Models including Daria, Carmen Kass (with a shaggy new pageboy cut), and Isabeli Fontana stomped down the runway to what seemed like several iterations of Frank Sinatra's "My Way." And indeed, Decarnin did it his way. Save for a plain white jacket near the end of the show, the designer presented his signature sparkly blazers, some ripped t-shirts, and few pieces embellished with studded crystals.
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PARIS--Minimalism might be the new old thing, but Balmain designer Christophe Decarnin could give a flying f*ck. He made that quite clear today at Le Grand Hotel, where he showed his Spring 2011 collection.

Models including Daria, Carmen Kass (with a shaggy new pageboy cut), and Isabeli Fontana stomped down the runway to what seemed like several iterations of Frank Sinatra's "My Way." And indeed, Decarnin did it his way. Save for a plain white jacket near the end of the show, the designer presented his signature sparkly blazers, some ripped t-shirts, and few pieces embellished with studded crystals.

But the collection felt oddly familiar in other ways as well. In particular, its styling was nearly identical to that of Isabel Marant's Fall 2010 show...Emmanuelle Alt's touch, no doubt.

Also of note: There were a few models sporting Elle editor Kate Lanphear's signature hair style, and we couldn't help feeling like the entire collection was dedicated to her, or at least the idea of her. Much like Christopher Bailey at Burberry this season, Decarnin took the idea of punk and made it glamorous. Which, in a way, is sacrilige, but oh so fashionable.