Balmain showed its Fall 2011 collection today without Christophe Decarnin, who has reportedly been undergoing treatment for depression. Instead, the collection was designed by Melanie Ward, who was previously supposed to be collaborating with Decarnin on the collection, but ended up designing the whole line with the help of Balmain's in-house team. In turn, Balmain's Fall 2011 collection was absent of any studs or shredding effects — with the exception of a couple of sliced tanks. The punk vibe was still present, but with a much more polished feel via cuffed trousers, clean leather pants, metallic leather blazers, and simple streamlined tops. The major pizazz came in when Ward introduced a selection of funky gem-encrusted long-sleeved minidresses and beaded miniskirts perfect for a night out on the town. Shimmery deep v-neck jumpsuits and metallic tweed coats also caught our eye.
2011 Fall Paris Fashion Week: Balmain
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