More Catwalk Drama: Christophe Decarnin Misses Balmain Show

Rumours circulate about why the designer missed the Balmain show in Paris

Photo By Anthea Simms

The start of Paris Fashion Week has been an eventful one this season, as more drama unfolds at yet another French house. It wasn’t the supposedly work-wear inspired collection that had tongues wagging at yesterday’s Balmain show, but mysterious absence at the end of the show of the house’s artistic director, Christophe Decarnin. Hint Magazine reported that Decarnin suffered a breakdown and had been in a psychiatric hospital since January, having little involvement in the collection. According to sources, Balmain’s new stylist, Melanie Ward, who recently replaced Emmanuelle Alt, had completed the collection herself.
Balmain owner Alain Hivelin offered a much less scandalous explanation to the Telegraph stating Decarnin was “tired, after working on the collection … He didn’t go to bed until 5 a.m. He’s not here, he’s resting.” According to a report in WWD, “the designer was absent under doctor’s orders, after having recently been released from the hospital, where he was said to have been treated for depression,” but was involved, at least to some extent, in the creation of the collection.
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