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Designer Spotlight x Olivier Rousteing (Balmain)

OLIVIER ROUSTEING
Wunderkind of the fashion world, Olivier Rousteing, is definitely having his moment!!!

(Olivier Rousteing)


Lawrence Steele, Patrick Robinson, Zac Posen, et al., have all experienced that rush of notoriety as the media REALLY starts to take note of who you are and what you're doing... although we're not sure how or exactly why it only happens to a select few, in the case of Rousteing, we -at least- know when it did happen.

 (Balmain, logo)

Working for the House of (Pierre) Balmain in Paris, France (since 2009), Rousteing helped design ready-to-wear collections under former boss, Christophe Decarnin; the height of the brand's rejuvenation came à la jewel-encrusted, 'drum major' style jackets (a style once popularized by the late Michael Jackson)...

(Balmain inspiration x MICHAEL JACKSON)

(Balmain-ia, 2009)

(Balmain-ia x Beyoncé, 2009)


Yet, for reasons (still unclear), Decarnin left Balmain in early 2011, leaving the handlers of the house to appoint an heir (apparently), Rousteing. Commenting on the sudden changes at Balmain, in an interview with style.com, Rousteing says, "...what I learned from this house is that there is a real DNA, something from the past that I want to bring back... I want to go to something more timeless... That’s my goal for Balmain."


(Monsieur Pierre Balmain, 1914-1982)

Rousteing's first full-collection for Balmain, was the Spring/Summer '12 presentation; his next assemblage will be for the Fall/Winter '12 season (premiering March 2012)... and we'll be keeping a close eye on him, now that the world knows his name ;-D

(Rousteing x Balmain, Spring/Summer '12)

(Olivier Rousteing x Balmain, Spring/Summer '12)

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References:
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