Mar 08, 2011 12:00AM

Paris Fashion Week: Balmain

Backstage at Balmain's Autumn Winter 2011 show.

Balmain creative director Christophe Decarnin failed to appear at his Autumn Winter 2011 Paris Fashion Week show. Rumours have been flying, with reasons ranging from exhaustion and depression to nervous breakdown-induced hospitalisation. The show was styled by Melanie Ward, who helped to define the current concept of styling with her work in the nineties for The Face, Harper's Bazaar and Helmut Lang, where she was Creative Director for 13 years. There have been suggestions that Ward in fact designed the entire collection, but until Balmain themselves release a statement we're left with the clothes themselves - glam rock set to the soundtrack of David Bowie's 'Lady Grinning Soul'.

Images: Sonny Vandevelde