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Balmania Skips Men This Season

Last Updated on 23rd June 2021 Balmania—the excessive craze for anything contrived by fashion house, Balmain. Last spring, Christophe Decarnin of Balmain served up some exquisitely tailored, shoulder augmented jackets spirited by a Michael Jackson meets militaristic élan. No less than a season after Balmain’s SS09 show, did the jackets reappear in a crazed manner. Literally, Balmain coats were on the backs of close every dainty female who were, quite frankly, “head over shoulders” for Balmain. Now what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, but sadly not this time around. Snapshots from Balmain’s AW09 collection pour le homme are out and the gargantuan shoulders that sent women the world over batty is strangely absent. What we do get are some rather average motorcycle jackets (the zipper detailing is not shabby though, I’ll give them that) and a distressed leather trench (yes, the leg work is done). I know, I know…beggars can’t be choosers, then again, I would have loved to get in on the Balmania epidemic and experience some of this shoulder region accentuation. Till next season I guess… [Source]

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Who will replace Christophe Decarnin at Balmain?

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 This season is going to be remembered not for trends or style icons, but as the season of the great creative reshuffle. First Galliano was fired from Dior under the shadow of scandal, spelling rumours of a major swap-around in the luxury French fashion houses, and just yesterday it was announced that another of the greats has jumped ship as Christophe Decarnin parted ways with Balmain. The French designer, who joined the label in 2005, is widely credited as the strength behind Balmain, lifting both prices and designs to new heights, and inspiring Balmania among celebs and the fashion world with his fierce designs. Although his departure hasn’t attracted the same sense of shock as Galliano’s, rumours are rife as to what has prompted the split. Most sources suggest the designer’s recent absence from his AW11 show, blamed on exhaustion, was actually masking a deeper emotional health crisis. But it’s also possible that his leaving has a lot to do with creative differences between Decarnin and Balmain CEO Alain Hivelin (how many ripped tees and power leather can one really wear?), or that the designer’s enthusiasm was lost after unofficial Balmain ambassador and supportive friend Emmanuelle Alt left the brand to take the helm at Vogue Paris. Either way, there’s opening at Balmain for one of the biggest feats in fashion, and the question on everyone’s lips is who’s going to get it. We’ve highlighted the favourite front-runners for the job (and yes, the same names rumoured for Dior are cropping up here, too) – see below for the candidates tipped for the post. 1. Melanie Ward Who: Balmain’s stylist Why: Fashionista tips Ward as the most likely replacement. Following Emmanuelle Alt’s departure, über-stylist Ward stepped in to cover styling duties at Balmain, and […]

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Chuck or Treasure: Preparing your Spring Wardrobe

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 It might still be snowing outside but that doesn’t mean we can’t daydream about a time where we don’t have to leave the house wearing five layers! We’ve been considering our spring purchases ever since Fashion Week back in September, contemplating new trends and clapping gleefully at the re-emergence of older ones. Why? Because styles with staying power make our bank accounts very happy indeed.

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Top 5 sequin party picks

Last Updated on 2nd December 2009 The festive season just wouldn’t be complete without a sprinkle of sequins now, would it? Last year saw stores decorated with an abundance of the metallic shine that we are so easily drawn to and this winter it seems that little has changed. As long-time sequin lovers, we are certainly not complaining. See below for designers that embraced the sparkle, and our top 5 picks for festive sequin dressing: 3.1 Philip Lim Some of the most memorable pieces from Phillip Lim’s collection were those showered with gold sequins, which makes his fall collection one of MFL’s favourites. Lim’s wearable look teamed sequins with short hemlines and tailored trousers. The perfect take on sexy androgyny. Matthew Williamson Matthew Williamson went down an alternative route, discovering boho bling with his sequinned maxi dress. A surprising success, Williamson managed to apply his colour techniques to the material, creating a gorgeous mix of gold and blue. Whoever knew sequins could go sienna style? Balmain Not for the faint-hearted, Balmain’s teeny tiny dresses have caused quite a stir , or rather, ‘Balmania’ , among fashionistas. Loud and proud (although not to the extent of Ashish’s neon, sequinned, animal print trousers) was the name of the game for Christophe Decarnin this season, with a range of look-at-me body-con pieces ready for that 80s disco. Our Top 5 sequinned party picks: Paul & Joe Twilight sequin jacket £530 available from Net-a-Porter Topshop Milly Sequin sparkle merino wool dress $320 from

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Five minutes with my-TV’s gorgeous presenter Antonia O’Brien

If like us, you love my-wardrobe.com, then you’re going to love my-tv which offers the latest bang on-trend advice in high fashion clothing, shoes, and accessories. Check it out for tips on what to wear and how to wear it with style this season. We managed to nab my-tv’s gorgeous presenter Antonia O’Brien for a quick interview on everything from key fashion trends to London hotspots…

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Head and shoulders above the rest

Last Updated on 11th May 2009 Given the speed with which Romero Bryan. Bryan has already adopted the Balmain style shoulder in his own clothing, adapting t-shirts for nights out: “Giving myself wider shoulders makes my waistline appear a lot smaller giving me the perfect V shape body,” says Bryan. “If I ruled the fashion world there would definitely be more shoulder pads!” The truth is that menswear designers and tailors have a better understanding of the power of the shoulder pad than anyone.

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Rihanna dons her Balmain

Last Updated on 20th April 2009 We really need to create a category called, “Balmania watch”. Already a big fan of the ever popular Beyonce a run for her money in a denim Balmain jacket paired with white shorts and gladiator sandals. Any guesses on which celeb will be rockin Balmain next? Kate Moss perhaps or Lindsay Lohan? How about SJP? And how long do you think before we all get sick of Balmania? 6 months maybe…..

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Beyonce’s crazy in love with Balmain

Last Updated on 15th April 2009 Balmainia strikes again. This time it’s Beyonce sporting the $11,000 blinged out jacket with its great big shoulders. When will the madness stop? Not anytime soon by the looks of it. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that dear old Michael Jackson, the legend that he is, will don a bit of

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Paris Fashion Week: Balmain AW09

Last Updated on 9th March 2009 For autumn/winter 09, Christophe Decarnin chose to present at Gianni Versace’s ex-location – The Ritz. Pounding the runway in a walk reminiscent of the supermodels of the 90’s (Naomi, Christy, Cindy and co.) the models (which

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