Olivier Rousteing celebrated Black Lives Matter with Balmain’s Seine river show

Olivier Rousteing made sure the Black Lives Matter movement was represented in Balmain’s river cruise show on Sunday.Kicking off Paris’ Digital Couture Week with #BalmainSurSeine, the label head gave Parisians a fashion show to remember over the weeken…

Olivier Rousteing made sure the Black Lives Matter movement was represented in Balmain’s river cruise show on Sunday.

Kicking off Paris’ Digital Couture Week with #BalmainSurSeine, the label head gave Parisians a fashion show to remember over the weekend, sailing a boat down the river Seine which celebrated Balmain’s work over the decades.

As well as images of past collections, Rousteing called on singer Yseult and the same cast of Black dancers who performed in his fall 20 show back in January.

“Renewed calls for justice and equality – heard on streets all across the world today – are in reaction to tragic losses, but their growing strength and force allow us to dream of the possibilities of long-delayed changes, pushed forward by a newly energised and impressive mix of young, determined and diverse voices,” he said in a statement. “Today’s dance draws inspiration from this moment and our shared longing for actual progress.

“(My optimism for future change) a reflection of my own personal history – after all, it was not too long ago that someone like me was never meant to end up in the position that I occupy today. I love that I work for a house that supports me and has joined with me in pushing for inclusion and changes from the very first day that I began working here.”

The event, which was live-streamed on TikTok, also marked the end of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Calling the past season “a dark one”, Rousteing talked about the effects isolation has had on the people of his home city.

“Forced apart, we suddenly realised that we depended on being together. Locked inside, we longed for the beauty of the outside public spaces of our hometown, Paris. And, faced with the unending reports of unbelievable losses, we came to truly understand the transformative power of solidarity,” he shared.

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Balmain plans high-fashion boat ride

Balmain is taking its next show to the open waters by chartering a barge to sail down the river Seine in Paris.Label head Olivier Rousteing will be captain of the operation on Sunday evening, with a small number of crew and performers, including French…

Balmain is taking its next show to the open waters by chartering a barge to sail down the river Seine in Paris.

Label head Olivier Rousteing will be captain of the operation on Sunday evening, with a small number of crew and performers, including French singer Yseult, on board. Social distancing guidelines will be respected.

“Balmain is all about optimism, and after this period I wanted to bring back this optimism that this brand has been known for,” Rousteing told WWD, explaining the boat ride will also serve as an end of lockdown celebration.

“Yes, I’ll be on the boat. I don’t get seasick so it’s fine!”

Those gathered on the banks of France’s famous river will catch a glimpse of Rousteing’s presentation, which comes in the form of vignettes and not a runway. Archive pieces from Pierre Balmain, Erik Mortensen, and Oscar de la Renta, as well as Rousteing’s modern creations, will all feature.

The idea came to the 34-year-old as he, like many other Parisians, rediscovered the beauty of the river during lockdown. He sought the help of art director Andrew Makadsi, known for his work with Beyonce, to bring the vision to life.

It will be livestreamed on TikTok for those who aren’t in the French capital.

“It’s important to reinforce who we are and what we’re known for,” Rousteing added.

Rousteing has also confirmed Balmain will be a part of the spring/summer 21 Paris Fashion Week shows, which kick off in September.

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Olivier Rousteing wants Balmain resort collection to be ‘the sun after the storm’

Olivier Rousteing wants his upcoming Balmain resort collection to be the “sun after the storm”.The 34-year-old creative director of the French fashion house was heavily inspired by ’90s TV shows, such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saved by the Bell, …

Olivier Rousteing wants his upcoming Balmain resort collection to be the “sun after the storm”.

The 34-year-old creative director of the French fashion house was heavily inspired by ’90s TV shows, such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saved by the Bell, and Beverly Hills, 90210, while working on the upcoming collection during the coronavirus lockdown in France.

Discussing the bold and colourful resort line, Rousteing said he hopes that his carefully curated pieces will bring some hope to people after the uncertainty of the global Covid-19 outbreak.

“I think I just want to bring some energy and some beauty without, of course, forgetting what we went through,” Rousteing told Fashionista. “Always after a storm, you want the sun. I always have been really criticised for bringing, let’s say, strong shoulder pads (in my collections).

“My craftsmanship is really bright. I’m someone that’s really loud about everything that I believe in… But I want to make sure that my fashion is, as well, an escape. It’s a way of seeing the sun again after the storm.”

The designer and his team overhauled their working environment once the French government imposed strict social distancing restrictions, as the thought of skipping this year’s fashion calendar and not releasing a collection this summer was not an option for Rousteing.

“I felt like it was really, really important to not give up,” he stated.

And looking at his resort line, he’s excited to debut his “fresh and happy” collection.

“I wanted to go back to that kind of pop, hopeful world. It’s a really fresh and a happy collection, because the reality is that it was such a sad moment but at the same time, my work with fashion (has been) to bring some happiness and joy,” he said.

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Sies Marjan shuttering amid Covid-19 pandemic

Fashion label Sies Marjan is closing down.Founded by creative director Sander Lak in 2016, the New York City-based ready-to-wear brand was known for its evocative use of colour and proportion. However, Lak announced on Monday that he was shuttering the…

Fashion label Sies Marjan is closing down.

Founded by creative director Sander Lak in 2016, the New York City-based ready-to-wear brand was known for its evocative use of colour and proportion.

However, Lak announced on Monday that he was shuttering the business as a result of financial difficulties in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

“As a young independent company, we were significantly impacted by Covid-19. With a heavy heart, we have made the very difficult decision to close our business,” he said in a statement released to editors at WWD. “What we have worked on has been a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who has given their time and talent to Sies Marjan over the years. We have built a singular brand whose legacy is not just in the clothes and collections, but within each person who contributed along the way.”

The Sies Marjan website and Instagram page have already closed.

Lak previously worked for the likes of Phillip Lim, Balmain, and Dries Van Noten before heading to the U.S. to launch his own label. Backed by Nancy and Howard Marks’ holding company Deia, the Dutch designer won the CFDA Award for Emerging Talent in 2018, having been nominated for the same prize a year earlier.

The news comes as a number of brands have indicated plans to restructure amid the Covid-19 crisis. Executives at Diane Von Furstenberg are reportedly cutting 75 per cent of staff members and closing the majority of stores, while John Varvatos filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

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Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing voices support for Black Lives Matter movement

Olivier Rousteing has pledged his dedication to the Black Lives Matter movement in an emotional social media post.The Balmain creative director took to Instagram on Tuesday to confirm he had participated in an anti-racism protest held in Paris, France …

Olivier Rousteing has pledged his dedication to the Black Lives Matter movement in an emotional social media post.

The Balmain creative director took to Instagram on Tuesday to confirm he had participated in an anti-racism protest held in Paris, France earlier in the day, with the event organised by activists to show solidarity with similar demonstrations taking place across the U.S. following the shocking death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd on 25 May.

Organisers also drew parallels between Floyd’s passing and the case of 24-year-old Adama Traore, who died in police custody back in July 2016.

“It is such a strange moment for our world… we have been in lockdown for two months and now that we finally feel ‘FREE’, we see again that FREEDOM is not for all…,” he wrote in the caption, referencing the lockdown restrictions put in place across France due to the coronavirus crisis. “Depending on what? The pigment of your skin? I never really knew where I come from because I was adopted and I didn’t know my biological parents. Two years ago, I finally discovered where I come from. Two incredible countries: ETHIOPIA AND SOMALIA, but I was born and raised in France. I feel so proud of my origins and we all have to be proud of where we come from and not let anybody put us down or not let us BREATH (sic).”

Rousteing uploaded two black-and-white images depicting him participating in the protest and insisted he would continue to vocalise his support for important political matters.

“BLACK LIVES MATTER, ALL LIVES MATTER! We have ONE world we are ONE race which is called HUMANITY. We are sharing the same planet, the same sky, the same colour of blood. I know I work in fashion so I won’t dare getting political because I don’t have the background to pretend to be anything else besides a human believing in my rights and in the equality of those rights for all humans. So today I say it LOUD: let’s build this new world together without hate, only LOVE,” the 34-year-old added.

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Kim Kardashian West had a different look planned for 2016 Met Gala

Kim Kardashian almost wore a totally different outfit to the 2016 Met Gala.In a new YouTube video filmed for Balmain’s archives, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star spoke about the spontaneous change of plans to her intended red carpet outfit. “I …

Kim Kardashian almost wore a totally different outfit to the 2016 Met Gala.

In a new YouTube video filmed for Balmain’s archives, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star spoke about the spontaneous change of plans to her intended red carpet outfit.

“I don’t know if anyone knows this, but we had a fully different look; an all-sequin gown to the floor look that (I was) going to wear for the Met Gala,” Kim recalled, adding that she and Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing ultimately decided to replace the outfit because “we wanted (it) to be more metal-y”.

The theme of the 2016 event was Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, with the accompanying Costume Institute exhibition exploring how designers reconciled handmade and machine-made techniques in the creation of haute couture and ready-to-wear.

Kim went on to explain that her revised ensemble comprised “a skirt and then a top from something else”. The resulting two-piece resembled a futuristic, feminine suit of armour, with a full-sleeved bodice and skirt with thigh-high slit.

Coupled with her husband Kanye West’s jewel-encrusted silver Balmain x Yeezy jacket, the combined look went on to become one of the most memorable of the year.

Elsewhere in the video, Rousteing remembered celebrating the efforts of his team at the annual extravaganza.

“What was beautiful is the diversity of our table, everybody looked incredible and everybody got along so well,” he smiled.

Usually the biggest party of the year for the fashion world, the 2020 Met Gala has been indefinitely postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, designers and celebrities have taken to sharing memories of previous years on social media, with Rousteing insisting 2016 was one of his favourites.

“A night that you almost forgot the stress of the Met Gala, it was more like a family reunion. And that is something I haven’t experienced a lot in my life,” the 34-year-old reflected.

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Olivier Rousteing hopes coronavirus pandemic will reinvigorate fashion industry

Olivier Rousteing hopes that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will reinvigorate the “boring” fashion industry.In an interview with Vogue from his home in Paris, France, the 34-year-old creative director of Balmain shared his thoughts on how the Covid-1…

Olivier Rousteing hopes that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will reinvigorate the “boring” fashion industry.

In an interview with Vogue from his home in Paris, France, the 34-year-old creative director of Balmain shared his thoughts on how the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown could potentially affect fashion, and shared that he was hopeful the pandemic would force the industry to make big changes.

“The fashion system was already facing something big, and this moment has only accelerated all the questions. The fashion system was bored of the fashion system. We have to be more spontaneous, not follow rules – we need to be more inclusive as an industry,” Rousteing explained. “I want to do fashion shows for different people; to open my doors to people who are not part of the system. Fashion can do so much.”

The Frenchman is keen to explore new options once the world returns to normality and wants to see an end to the terms “cool” and “chic”.

“We are no longer in a time of being the trend of the season. I don’t want to be cool, cool’s over. Chic’s over. You’re cool for two months these days. It used to be two years. Who wants to be part of that?” he stated.

And Rousteing is keeping busy while in lockdown, as the changes to the fashion calendar have inspired him to get creative.

“We have never been more creative,” he stated. “Yesterday we had rules we had to follow. But now… So, there’s no couture show, well? We can present couture in a different way. If there’s no menswear show, well? We can do that in a different way.”

Back in March, The Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, French fashion’s governing body, announced they were cancelling the upcoming men’s and haute couture fashion weeks.

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Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing re-thinking traditional fashion shows

Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing is re-thinking the future of fashion shows amid the coronavirus crisis.The French designer participated in a virtual chat alongside Chloe’s Natacha Ramsay-Levi and Balenciaga chief executive officer Cedric Ch…

Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing is re-thinking the future of fashion shows amid the coronavirus crisis.

The French designer participated in a virtual chat alongside Chloe’s Natacha Ramsay-Levi and Balenciaga chief executive officer Cedric Charbit as part of Vogue’s Global Conversations series on Wednesday, with much of the discussion focused around the number of events cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping much of the world.

But while Rousteing remains adamant that fashion shows still have a place in the industry, he is contemplating a much more democratic format.

“I completely agree on the side that we need to have an experience,” the 34-year-old commented. “I know that after this confinement, I want to create something in the streets, I want to bring back the togetherness, for sure.”

And even though many of Balmain’s 10 million Instagram followers watch his spectacles online, Rousteing is also considering how he can better tap into his digital audience going forward.

“I don’t see digital as less emotional; I see digital as an experience where you can push your dreams to the next level,” he insisted, before noting that the tradition fashion show has already been altered by the introduction of social media. “Emotions are changing… Before people were clapping, now people are Instagramming, which is another kind of emotion. I’m sure that in the future that we can find a way with illustration, with digital, to bring that kind of emotion.”

Elsewhere in the discussion, Ramsay-Levi insisted that she will continue to hold fashion shows to present her Chloe collections, though will be looking at how they can become “more inclusive” for fans.

“We must be aware that the audience is mostly digital, but I won’t kill the shows. The shows are a beautiful moment,” she stated. “Fashion shows are special events, I believe. They are here to inspire and engage conversation – and they have a meaning and they must feel authentic. There’s a human dimension to it which I’m very keen to keep.”

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Claudia Schiffer nearly had her own Hermes handbag

Claudia Schiffer once declined an offer to get her very own Hermes handbag.The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in campaigns for the li…

Claudia Schiffer once declined an offer to get her very own Hermes handbag.

The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Balmain, Bulgari, Michael Kors, and Prada.

But in an interview for the May 2020 issue of Elle magazine, Claudia recalled how her status as a top model led to her once being offered her very own luxury purse.

“Once Hermes offered for a handbag to be named after me and I thought, ‘No!'” she stated. “I don’t quite remember why now…'”

There are only two celebrities who have their own Hermes handbags; the famous Birkin tote is named after actress/singer Jane Birkin, while the Kelly bag was named after late American actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly.

Elsewhere in the chat, Claudia also remembered how she and other models were “showered” with gifts by brands and designers during their heyday.

“People normally showered you with everything, really. Particularly at Chanel. Karl (Lagerfeld) would say, ‘Go downstairs to the boutique and take whatever you want. You can take the entire collection – whatever,” the 49-year-old shared, before noting that she was always cautious about appearing greedy. “Where others may have taken advantage, I never felt I could. There’s a certain limit when someone says, ‘Choose what you want.’ You don’t literally choose everything there is.”

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Kim Kardashian almost pulled muscle getting into skin-tight Balmain suit

Kim Kardashian almost injured herself while trying to get into a skin-tight Balmain suit earlier this month.The 39-year-old wore the honey-coloured custom outfit, sent to her straight from the French label’s autumn/winter 2020 collection by creative di…

Kim Kardashian almost injured herself while trying to get into a skin-tight Balmain suit earlier this month.

The 39-year-old wore the honey-coloured custom outfit, sent to her straight from the French label’s autumn/winter 2020 collection by creative director Olivier Rousteing, to attend her husband Kanye West’s Sunday Service during Paris Fashion Week.

But in a preview of an upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, fans got a behind-the-scenes look at Kim’s struggle to get into the designer ensemble.

In the clip, older sister Kourtney Kardashian, who rocked a matching burgundy Latex Balmain suit, is seen standing in the background of a hotel suite while the mother-of-four has the help of two assistants to squeeze into the outfit.

“S**t, it’s stuck to my skin,” she said while pulling at the sleeve of the suit. “I literally feel like I pulled a muscle in my shoulder. This is f**king fashion week.”

“Who goes to church in Latex?” Kourtney joked, before Kim responded, “We do!”

An assistant then tried to pull the outfit over her leg while another held her long ponytail out of the way. And while wrestling her arms into the matching Latex gloves, the TV personality revealed that she may have pulled a muscle in her shoulder.

“You guys, I now need the coat with the gloves, I’m gonna be fully boxed in,” she told her team.

Kim and Kourtney then discussed how they’ll go to the bathroom while wearing the body-skimming outfits, with the Poosh founder confessing: “I’m gonna hold it.”

Hairstylist Chris Appleton appears in the footage too, having been tasked with sewing the “matching Latex hair tie” into Kim’s ponytail.

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