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Edited by on April 22 2011 at 8:10 AM

-  Olivier Rousteing is expected to step into Christophe Decarnin‘s allegedly crazy shoes at Balmain, according to WWD, making good on its promise of hiring an “unknown.” Rousteing, a key deputy under Decarnin, has worked for Balmain since 2009 and was at Roberto Cavalli for six years prior. The label will reportedly announce Rousteing’s appointment as early as next week. Sounds like Balmain’s bold shoulders are in good hands. [WWD]

- Red carpet favorite Marchesa is hopping into less formal territory with its one-off Playboy Bunny costume design for the new Playboy Club opening in London June 4th. Using the original iconic costume design, Georgina Chapman and co. added “Marchesa’s signature details, such as hand draping and embroidery.” I better not see a forty-foot train of tulle cascading from that bunny tail. [Vogue]

FASHION SCRAMBLE: Decarnins Balmain Replacement + Marchesa Does Playboy + Anna Puffs on a J. Crew

- Anna Wintour parachuted into the J. Crew store on Fifth Ave to celebrate CFDA winner Billy Reid and the two designers who subsequently ate his dust, Prabal Gurung and Eddie Borgo.  All three designed capsule collections for the Crew; Reid’s seven piece collection is available online now through May with Gurung’s premiering in June and Borgo’s in July. [Fashionista]

Story by Lester Brathwaite

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