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RUMOR: Balmain's Creative Director Christophe Decarnin Has Been in a Mental Hospital Since January

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Paris fashion week is the epicenter of drama this season—first with all the John Galliano Hitler-loving and now with the mysterious disappearance of Balmain's creative director Christophe Decarnin. When Decarnin failed to turn up at his label's fall 2011 show this morning, editors wondered where he'd gone. The rampant speculation on Decarnin's whereabouts has set off a firestorm of internet rumors, including one from Hint, claiming the designer had a nervous breakdown and has been in inpatient care at a mental hospital since January:

Described as a "total nightmare," Decarnin disappeared one day in mid-January. Soon after, it was announced to employees that he would not be coming back. We're told he was not involved in the fall collection, which was designed instead by Balmain's in-house team and stylist Melanie Ward, who took over for Emmanuelle Alt, the new editor-in-chief of French Vogue, following Carine Roitfeld's departure.
· Balmain's Christophe Decarnin in a mental hospital [Hint]