CARLA BRUNI AND NAOMI CAMPBELL PARADE TO CELEBRATE OLIVIER ROUSTEING'S 10 YEARS IN FRONT OF BALMAIN
Olivier Rousteing came to Balmain ten years ago as creative director. A personal and professional challenge that the designer faced with only 25 years and where the evolution has been more than obvious. Faced with such an important date, Rousteing wanted to take advantage of his 2021 spring show to review this trajectory by reissuing some of his favorite designs, “I would definitely have laughed if someone had told me that one day they would show this as part of a retrospective, but at this moment I can see that they have been milestones of a journey that have brought me to where I am today, in 2021 ”, explains Rousteing himself in a very personal letter written on the occasion of this collection. This parade also means the return to conventional parades, with an audience, as we knew them before the pandemic, “so in many ways I see this moment as a key date, we are meeting again, saying goodbye to a past chapter and moving forward into a new era. And this new era is about freedom. "
Naomi Campbell, Mila Jovovich and Carla Bruni have been some of the exceptional models responsible for wearing these tribute designs, the designer's favorites. Blazers and dresses, long and short, with powerful shoulder pads and studded with rhinestones. All of them were part of that new concept of the Balmain Army that Olivier Rousteing created to define the strong, powerful woman capable of facing any challenge that the designs of the house carry.
In addition to these iconic dresses, the collection is completed by another series of designs with also very personal references to the designer. They are garments inspired by a delicate moment for Rousteing: “A year ago I had a painful accident in which I suffered burns. Hospital rooms, bandages and gauze wraps became a very important part of my life, so when I started designing, I found myself transferring all those months of doctors and physical therapy to my designs. " This healing capacity, together with the savoir faire of the Balmain artisans and Lesage workshops, results in all these designs that seem to be made from bandages, transformed into sophisticated golden fabrics that look like a second skin, transparencies and dresses of thousand folds.
Natural tones such as black, nude or white, dotted with metallic tones such as gold or silver, a touch of red and stripes and polka dots as the only pattern, make up a collection that denotes creative maturity and the definition of a style achieved in these 10 years at the helm of Balmain.