with his wildly publicized absence at yesterday, a slew or reports discussing the mental state of balmain creative director have surfaced. christophe decarnin, who has been creative director at balmain is said to have been admitted to a mental institution being treated for depression. while the fall collection seen here, which debuted on the runway just yesterday; is said to have not been designed by decarnin. with the media spectacle that has been hovering over fashion & this year thus far, the balmain collection is one thing that remains the same. the same tired use of metallics, strong shoulders & micro-mini’s were seen. though tired, if the clothes are selling i guess the label will continue to rock with it. as decarnin’s absence hints at a forthcoming change, im hoping that balmain will soon escape this lull in fashion design we’ve seen for way too many seasons to count or care. decarnin, despite being reported as being out on doctors orders, was seen out in paris last night.