Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing designs holiday sweaters for Kardashian family

Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing created custom Christmas sweaters for the Kardashian-Jenner family.The reality TV stars go all out when it comes to the festive season, and during their celebrations on Christmas Day, Kim Kardashian took to h…

Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing created custom Christmas sweaters for the Kardashian-Jenner family.

The reality TV stars go all out when it comes to the festive season, and during their celebrations on Christmas Day, Kim Kardashian took to her Instagram Stories to share a series of pictures of crystal-studded jumpers.

“Thank you @olivier_roustieng @balmain for our Christmas sweaters,” she captioned the snaps.

One of the Balmain designs featured reindeer and snowflake motifs, another was dotted with silver stars, and a third was embellished with adorable penguins.

“Look at these crystal Balmain Christmas sweaters that Olivier made the whole family,” the 39-year-old commented over one of the clips. “They are so cute and blingy!”

In addition, Kim uploaded a sketch of what her family would look like in the festive outfits, with the image including her husband Kanye West, sisters Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, mother Kris Jenner, and younger half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

Rousteing, a close friend of the family, has not yet shared whether he plans to add Christmas sweaters to Balmain’s seasonal offerings.

But Kim didn’t stop at Christmas sweaters this year and also showed off the bespoke cowboy boots she had made for her six-year-old daughter North West and Kourtney’s daughter Penelope Disick, seven.

“Look what I got North and Penelope for Christmas,” she said of the special shoes. “I had these custom rhinestone cowboy boots (made). They’re very into cowboy boots, so I thought I’d give them some really sparkly ones.”

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Slick Woods attends Puma x Balmain launch following cancer news

Slick Woods attended the Puma x Balmain clothing launch on Thursday, shortly after it was revealed she was battling melanoma cancer. The 23-year-old model, real name Simone Thompson, casually announced that she was undergoing chemotherapy on Instagram…

Slick Woods attended the Puma x Balmain clothing launch on Thursday, shortly after it was revealed she was battling melanoma cancer.

The 23-year-old model, real name Simone Thompson, casually announced that she was undergoing chemotherapy on Instagram on Wednesday and reporters at The Shade Room subsequently claimed she had told them she was suffering from stage three melanoma cancer.

And Slick proved that she wasn’t letting her health battle get her down when she made a public appearance at the launch of fellow model Cara Delevingne’s clothing collaboration with Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing and sportswear giant Puma at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.

Dressed in black trousers, a baseball cap, sneakers and a denim jacket, she styled the look in an interesting way by securing the bottom buttonhole to the top button, exposing her shoulder, midriff, and green mesh vest top.

The launch was also attended by models Alessandra Ambrosio and Shanina Shaik and stars including Amber Heard, Eva Longoria, Bella Thorne, Machine Gun Kelly, and G-Eazy, who all sported pieces from the boxing-inspired collection.

The Savage x Fenty model referred to her medical treatment when she shared a photo of herself sticking out her tongue while out with her boyfriend Micky Munday and some friends.

“How I feel about chemotherapy, shout out to everyone that gotta go through it #atleastimalreadybald,” she wrote in the caption.

As fans expressed their shock at the news and sent their well wishes, Slick shared a picture of a pouting child and urged her followers to “stop treating me like a victim”.

Slick gave birth to a son named Saphir, who she shares with model Adonis Bosso, shortly after walking the Savage X Fenty show in September 2018.

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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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Olivier Rousteing: ‘Kylie Jenner didn’t need to apologise for missing Balmain show’

Olivier Rousteing has insisted Kylie Jenner didn’t need to apologise for missing his Balmain show during Paris Fashion Week.The Kylie Cosmetics mogul was set to serve as artistic director for make-up at Balmain’s spring/summer 2020 runway presentation …

Olivier Rousteing has insisted Kylie Jenner didn’t need to apologise for missing his Balmain show during Paris Fashion Week.

The Kylie Cosmetics mogul was set to serve as artistic director for make-up at Balmain’s spring/summer 2020 runway presentation in the French capital in September in order to celebrate the launch of their joint Kylie X Balmain cosmetics capsule collection, which debuted on the catwalk.

However, days before the event, the 22-year-old announced on social media that she was too sick to travel to France and said she was “heartbroken” to be missing the event.

But in an interview with W magazine, Rousteing, the creative director of the French luxury fashion house, shared that Kylie didn’t need to apologise for being unwell.

“We were texting on and on and on and on. Kris (Jenner) was with me and we were talking to her and she was saying she didn’t feel good. But you know, there’s no need for any apology. When you feel sick, you feel sick,” he commented. “And I was wishing for her to feel better and she did, she went to the hospital. Fashion cannot control everything, you know what I mean? But, of course, she was really sad.”

At the time, it was reported Kylie was rushed to hospital with “severe, flu-like” symptoms such as nausea and dizziness.

The Kylie X Balmain collection features lip gloss, a lip kit consisting of a blush pink liquid lipstick and soft chocolate nude lip liner, as well as a nine-pan eyeshadow palette.

Accordingly, Rousteing noted that he enjoyed shooting the campaign with the reality TV star.

“She’s really good at colour. Obviously, I cannot wear those colours on me, but we spent like days with our arms putting some colours, some eyeshadows. It was just amazing to be in her office and working together on that,” the designer added.

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Cara Delevingne & Olivier Rousteing channelled love of boxing for Puma collaboration

Cara Delevingne and Olivier Rousteing were inspired by boxing when designing their new collaboration with Puma.The model and Carnival Row star has teamed up with the creative director of French fashion house Balmain to create a 35-piece collection in p…

Cara Delevingne and Olivier Rousteing were inspired by boxing when designing their new collaboration with Puma.

The model and Carnival Row star has teamed up with the creative director of French fashion house Balmain to create a 35-piece collection in partnership with the sportswear giant. The Puma x Balmain line features boxing shorts, bomber jackets, tracksuits, sweatpants, sports leggings, and T-shirts, among other items.

In an interview with WWD, the duo explained the collection has a boxing theme as they are both fans of the sport, with Rousteing getting in the ring to practice five times a week when he’s not preparing for a show.

“It’s a total release and it allows me to get rid of my energy, both positive and negative. Boxing is extremely constructive to feel more calm in the face of life’s problems,” he said.

“It’s not just about boxing, but about dancing, fighting, conflict, connection – the boxing ring of life,” Cara added. “I do box and do Muay Thai a lot, so I have a major passion for the sport, too, but it’s deeper than that. It’s not about violence at all. It’s about how we treat ourselves.”

The British model approached Rousteing, a close friend, to work with her on a collection for Puma and she had a clear idea of the aesthetic she wanted to achieve.

“She has a very clear fashion vision, so she’s also very attentive to what she creates. She has a strong point of view, which is great, because it was a real exchange,” he gushed. “With Cara, we sit down together, we draw, we call each other, we WhatsApp, we Skype. We work together any way that’s convenient.”

Delevingne has a relationship with both companies – she been working with Puma since 2016 and has appeared in campaigns for Balmain.

Puma x Balmain created with Cara Delevingne will launch on 21 November.

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Anna Wintour would love to see tap dancing at a fashion show

Anna Wintour would love to see tap dancers perform at a fashion show one day.The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.But while Wintour has been to hundreds…

Anna Wintour would love to see tap dancers perform at a fashion show one day.

The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.

But while Wintour has been to hundreds of shows over the years, she is yet to witness a spectacle featuring her favourite dance style.

“I was not at this particular show but my more experienced colleagues tell me that a very early Viktor & Rolf collection featured tap dancers,” she said in an interview for her Go Ask Anna video series when asked by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing what she would like to see at a fashion event. “And since I really, really love tap dancing I would love a designer in his or her show to incorporate nothing but tap dancing.”

Wintour went on to discuss some of her highlights from the recent Fashion Month, and named shell necklaces and hats as two of her top picks.

“My favourite accessory was the shells at Prada. First of all because they were beautiful. Secondly, Miuccia (Prada, creative director) told me they were based on the pearls she wears all the time herself,” the 69-year-old shared. “So, that felt very personal and real to me. And then, because I love gardens, I love the hats (milliner) Stephen Jones did for the Dior show.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller asked Wintour if she has ever lost her suitcase while travelling to Paris Fashion Week and what she did on arrival.

“I have lost my suitcase on countless occasions. But fortunately, I have many friends in Paris that are designers. So, I call them up,” she smiled.

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Olivier Rousteing: ‘The fashion industry needs to keep pushing diversity’

Olivier Rousteing wants to make sure diversity in the fashion industry isn’t just a short-term marketing ploy.The 34-year-old creative director of French fashion house Balmain has insisted that members of the industry need to pull together to ensure th…

Olivier Rousteing wants to make sure diversity in the fashion industry isn’t just a short-term marketing ploy.

The 34-year-old creative director of French fashion house Balmain has insisted that members of the industry need to pull together to ensure that diversity isn’t just a trend.

“I think some people always believed in diversity, some others have to follow a trend in a way because they don’t want to be the last one. I think it’s interesting to see who believes it really, and who has to,” he said during Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference.

“We have so much work to do, to keep pushing diversity and make it real and natural and not only a trendy moment. It’s not a marketing point of view. It’s a real step for the world.”

However, the Frenchman recognised that there has been “big progress” as many fashion houses have now become size-inclusive.

“I can see beauty companies with all these colours, I can see different body shapes of women in campaigns, and this is what I’m happy to see,” he explained. “But 10 years ago, when I started in fashion, I did not see one single company do that… So I think we’re on the right track, but we still have a lot of fights to keep going for.”

Rousteing has revolutionised the Balmain label since he was appointed creative director in 2011 at the age of 24, but despite his success, the designer confessed he is never satisfied.

“But I think for every designer or creative director, being unsatisfied means that you always want to challenge yourself to do better, to do more and to learn more every day. I don’t think satisfaction is good for our art. I think dissatisfaction is actually challenging you every day,” he shared.

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Kylie Jenner cancels Paris Fashion Week appearance due to illness

Kylie Jenner has been forced to cancel her appearance at Paris Fashion Week because she’s “really sick”.The 22-year-old was due to unveil her new make-up collaboration with Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing on Friday during the French fashi…

Kylie Jenner has been forced to cancel her appearance at Paris Fashion Week because she’s “really sick”.

The 22-year-old was due to unveil her new make-up collaboration with Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing on Friday during the French fashion house’s spring/summer 2020 runway show.

Kylie was also gearing up to serve as the artistic director for make-up at Balmain’s show, during which the Kylie X Balmain capsule cosmetics collection will be unveiled.

However, she announced on Wednesday that she would no longer be attending the show due to illness.

“Unfortunately, I’m really sick and unable to travel,” the Kylie Cosmetics mogul wrote in a note shared on Twitter. “I’m heartbroken to be missing this show, but I know that my amazing team, and my friends who are in town for the event, will help me be there in spirit.”

According to TMZ, the reality star was rushed to hospital with “severe, flu-like” symptoms such as nausea and dizziness, prompting the mother-of-one to seek immediate treatment.

In her note, Kylie heaped praise on Olivier, a close friend of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

“Creating this collection with Olivier has been a dream. Of course this collection isn’t just for the runway… I created this so that you could have a piece of this once in a lifetime event,” Kylie continued.

“I’m SO proud of this collection and of Olivier, and our friendship, vision and creativity really comes across in the products we created for you guys. Make sure you guys watch the show with me on Friday… I love you Olivier, congratulations, and I’m sending you all my love!!!”

The Kylie X Balmain collection features lip gloss, a lip kit consisting of a blush pink liquid lipstick and soft chocolate nude lip liner, and a nine-pan eyeshadow palette.

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Kylie Jenner cancels Paris Fashion Week appearance due to illness

Kylie Jenner has been forced to cancel her appearance at Paris Fashion Week because she’s “really sick”.The 22-year-old was due to unveil her new make-up collaboration with Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing on Friday during the French fashi…

Kylie Jenner has been forced to cancel her appearance at Paris Fashion Week because she’s “really sick”.

The 22-year-old was due to unveil her new make-up collaboration with Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing on Friday during the French fashion house’s spring/summer 2020 runway show.

Kylie was also gearing up to serve as the artistic director for make-up at Balmain’s show, during which the Kylie X Balmain capsule cosmetics collection will be unveiled.

However, she announced on Wednesday that she would no longer be attending the show due to illness.

“Unfortunately, I’m really sick and unable to travel,” the Kylie Cosmetics mogul wrote in a note shared on Twitter. “I’m heartbroken to be missing this show, but I know that my amazing team, and my friends who are in town for the event, will help me be there in spirit.”

According to TMZ, the reality star was rushed to hospital with “severe, flu-like” symptoms such as nausea and dizziness, prompting the mother-of-one to seek immediate treatment.

In her note, Kylie heaped praise on Olivier, a close friend of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

“Creating this collection with Olivier has been a dream. Of course this collection isn’t just for the runway… I created this so that you could have a piece of this once in a lifetime event,” Kylie continued.

“I’m SO proud of this collection and of Olivier, and our friendship, vision and creativity really comes across in the products we created for you guys. Make sure you guys watch the show with me on Friday… I love you Olivier, congratulations, and I’m sending you all my love!!!”

The Kylie X Balmain collection features lip gloss, a lip kit consisting of a blush pink liquid lipstick and soft chocolate nude lip liner, and a nine-pan eyeshadow palette.

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Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing discovers birth mother in new documentary

Olivier Rousteing has reached out to his birth mother as part of a new documentary.The French designer began his career at Roberto Cavalli, before replacing Christophe Decarnin as creative director at Balmain in 2011 when he was just 25. Since then, Ro…

Olivier Rousteing has reached out to his birth mother as part of a new documentary.

The French designer began his career at Roberto Cavalli, before replacing Christophe Decarnin as creative director at Balmain in 2011 when he was just 25.

Since then, Rousteing’s career has gone from strength to strength, but he has continued to have questions about his birth parents, and as part of Anissa Bonnefont’s new film Wonder Boy, the fashion star located his adoption file and discovered his mother’s identity.

“There’s all this talk about inclusivity and diversity, and I’m the first to fight for it, but how could I fight for it without knowing myself where I was from?” he said in an interview with The New York Times. “I thought I had to face not only my own roots, but my question about why my mother didn’t want me.”

Rousteing was adopted at 12 months old and had a happy childhood in Bordeaux. He and his family had always assumed he was biracial and his parents “were very in love” but couldn’t stay together because of their age. Yet, the designer was stunned to find out that this wasn’t the case.

“She was Somalian and he was Ethiopian, which means I am African-African… I’m black,” the 34-year-old revealed, adding that his mother was very young when he was born and still lives in France.

Rousteing did not share further details about his biological parents, though he did write a letter for social workers to give to his mother. He is unsure what he will do if she responds.

The designer will unveil his spring/summer 2020 collection for Balmain on Friday. Wonder Boy is to be broadcast in France on 16 October and hit cinemas the following month.

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