Olivier Rousteing: ‘I wish Michelle Obama wore more Balmain’

Olivier Rousteing wishes former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama wore more Balmain creations.While her husband Barack Obama was serving as the U.S. President between 2009 and 2017, Michelle was known for helping to boost the profiles of up-and-coming Ame…

Olivier Rousteing wishes former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama wore more Balmain creations.

While her husband Barack Obama was serving as the U.S. President between 2009 and 2017, Michelle was known for helping to boost the profiles of up-and-coming American designers such as Jason Wu, Brandon Maxwell, and Christian Siriano by wearing their outfits to public events.

However, to promote her memoir Becoming at the end of 2018, she wore international fashion brands such as Balenciaga and Balmain, with her rocking a sparkly striped Balmain resort 2019 suit during a talk show appearance.

Rousteing, the creative director of the French fashion house, was thrilled to see Michelle in one of his designs – and wishes she would do it more often.

“I’ve been pretty lucky to dress so many women who I love and am obsessed with. I dressed Michelle Obama once, but I would love to dress her more. I really do love this woman. And I wish she would wear more Balmain,” he told W magazine.

He explained he enjoys dressing political figures, such as France’s First Lady Brigitte Macron.

“I love it. I dressed my First Lady, and I’m obsessed with how well she’s wearing Balmain. I love dressing politicians – at least who I agree with,” the designer shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old revealed which brands he likes to wear when he’s not dressed in Balmain.

“I usually wear my own clothes and obviously what I sketch is usually what I love to wear,” he noted. “But what I love the most is to mix with other brands as well. I’m wearing a lot of Rick Owens – I love the Rick Owens T-shirts and pants. I used to have some Saint Laurent from Hedi (Slimane). I actually like Hermes as well. And Chanel. Whenever I see menswear from Chanel, I’m like, ‘How can I get this?’ That’s it.”

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