With only 31 years just fulfilled, Olivier Rousteing is a benchmark in the fashion industry. He was born in Bordeaux on 13 September 1985 and was in 2011 when he was appointed creative director of Balmain. It has now 5 years at the helm of the firm and the prognosis is to stay in this house for much longer.
At the age of 1 year, Olivier was adopted by a family. From Bordeaux went to Paris to fulfill his dream, studying at ESMOD (Ecole Superieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode). After graduating, he began designing with Roberto Cavalli (from whom he learned his impatience), where he also met the designer Peter Dundas and which coincide in other houses like Emilio Pucci. From him he learned to be more perfectionist and thanks to both, the young designer managed to acquire the skills and qualities needed to become the great designer he is.
After his move from Cavalli when he was only 18, after 6, the designer left the firm to be in front of Balmain, because he looked more reflected the identity of the firm for being more “glamorous and sexy”. This was as a replacement of Christophe Decarnin, who left the house after a big depression. Following the same line and style, Olivier bases his designs while preserving the essence of Balmain, with feminine, daring and sexy designs also he performed Decarnin, always providing a personal touch.
Some consider him the spoiled child of fashion. And it is that models adore him and his designs and he has all models as Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner or Alexandra Ambrossio on a pedestal.
One of his most famous collections, a collection for H & M (one of the most media and awaited at that moment), revolutionize the fashion lovers and had very good result that November 5, 2015, day when he presented the collection.
One of the first items that were taught to the world before releasing the collection, was this dress that went on a selling price of 500 euros.
“H & M has given me a unique opportunity to bring the universe Balmain to everyone”
We are confident that Olivier Rousteing will head the brand for much longer, because we love his designs and style. A young man wanting to do what he likes and we have no doubt, because his love for fashion is reflected in each and every one of the items that come out of their hands.