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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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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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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Kim Kardashian gifted ‘fresh off the runway’ Balmain outfits

Kim Kardashian has thanked Olivier Rousteing for sending her some of the latest looks from Balmain’s fall/winter 2020 collection.The reality TV star and beauty mogul arrived in Paris, France on Sunday, and a short time later, revealed to her 161 millio…

Kim Kardashian has thanked Olivier Rousteing for sending her some of the latest looks from Balmain’s fall/winter 2020 collection.

The reality TV star and beauty mogul arrived in Paris, France on Sunday, and a short time later, revealed to her 161 million followers on Instagram what was waiting for her when she checked into her hotel.

“I just got to Paris and look who is in my room,” Kim told the camera, as she showcased the vast array of different Balmain outfits on mannequins waiting for her in each of the suite’s rooms.

The French designer had also gifted his friend and muse a pair of long gloves, and a rail of outfits, including two Latex suits in orange and chocolate brown.

“She is cute, fresh off the Balmain runway, wow,” the 39-year-old said as she examined the high-fashion pieces. “You guys. Oh my God, this is insane. Olivier, you are too good to me.”

Kim debuted the Latex suits as she stepped out in the city, and shared snaps of the ensembles on her Twitter and Instagram pages.

The mother-of-four had styled her hair into a sleek ponytail with a matching Latex hair tie from Balmain, and also teased the debut of two looks that weren’t shown during the label’s Paris Fashion Week presentation.

“Two more Balmain Latex looks coming that we’re (sic) not in his show! I might just keep them coming all night,” the brunette beauty wrote on Twitter.

In two of the images she posted on her Instagram Stories, Kourtney Kardashian was also spotted wearing a brown bodysuit by Balmain.

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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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