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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Christophe Decarnin out at Balmain, CFDA auction aids Japan and Elle Macpherson lands a hosting gig

April 6, 2011 |  8:36 am

Christophe Decarnin is leaving Balmain after five years as creative director. When Decarnin was absent from the line's runway shows during Paris fashion week in March, the label said he was tired and resting. The news release Balmain issued this morning was terse and gave no reason for the departure. But there's speculation now that Decarnin and Balmain owner M. Alain Hivelin just didn't see eye-to-eye about the future of the brand. [Telegraph]

Arue Sara Rue, host of "Shedding for the Wedding," has lost 50 pounds, dropped four dress sizes and taken the bold fashion step of wearing a bikini for, she says,  the first time in her life. [People]

The Council of Fashion Designers of America has started an online  auction, “Fashion & Friends for Japan,” to benefit earthquake and tsunami victims. The auction is taking place at and includes donations from Diane von Furstenberg, Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Rachel Zoe and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson, among others. [Vogue Daily]  

Elle Macpherson is to host NBC's planned fashion-reality show, "Fashion Star." [Styleite]

Jane Birkin, the actress and fashion muse for whom Hermès named the Birkin bag back in 1984, thinks the iconic accessory could use a little update. She's been encouraging the label to diversify, to "make it out of plastic or, even more fun, make it out of cardboard. Then it wouldn't be so heavy." [Telegraph]

Madewell's collection for this fall was shown off on Tuesday. Seventies-inspired, it's full of sweater dresses, ponchos, soft pleated skirts and floral maxi dresses and seems to be designed with a more grown-up girl in mind -- one who is ready for her first fashion internship, say. [FabSugar]

Cover Girl has introduced animal-print limited editions of its Clean pressed-powder compact that will sell for around $7 each and help benefit nonprofit Children's Safe Drinking Water. For each compact purchased, one week's worth of clean drinking water will be donated to a needy child in countries including Nigeria, Malawi, Sudan and Kenya. Cover Girl has pledged $50,000 to the cause. [BellaSugar]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Sara Rue, host of "Shedding for the Wedding," has lost 50 pounds and is wearing bikinis for the first time ever, she says.  Credit: JSquared / The CW