The Balmain “army” had a particular flourish as Creative Director Olivier Rousteing marched triumphantly ahead of his female cohorts, the gilded decorations of Paris’s Palais Garnier opera house mirroring their procession.
“Let’s say that it’s a young pop collection full of happiness,” said the designer, 34. “I feel really proud to be able to talk about being half Ethiopian and half Somalian, now that I have finally found my origins. Between the pop culture that I bring, there is also ethnicity and diversity, and that’s what I love.”
https://www.instagram.com/p/B26XgganPz4/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=dlfixA complex history of adoption, revealed in a documentary called Wonder Boy, has been unravelled by the designer, who has revitalised the classic Parisian house of Balmain. His offering for Spring/Summer 2020 was a flow of pleats, geometric patterns, and the defiant exposure of a single leg, right up to the thigh.
The audience – sparkling, high-heeled boots to the fore – tapped to the music and could be imagined – Forward march! – in the vertiginous footwear and colourful tailoring: pink, yellow, orange, blue, green… And that was just the tailored denim!