A Look at Olivier Rousteing- From Balmain, with Love

Olivier Rousteing’s backstory has a fairytale quality: he was born in France and lived in an orphanage until he was one and a half, when he was adopted by a white couple from Bordeaux. He lived a carefree childhood: very French, very traditional and conflict-free until his late teens, when he realized he didn’t want to become an international lawyer and instead moved to Milan to break into fashion. He apprenticed with Roberto Cavalli from the age of 18 and stayed for five years. Although he learned and loved working at Cavalli, Rousteing found his breakthrough when working under Christophe Decarnin at Balmain.

Rousteing worked with the super-stylist Emmanuelle Alt to transform the label from an off-radar traditional couture house to the toast of the French Vogue set. Decarnin made Balmain become known for extreme, highly expensive pieces – ripped, crystal-embellished jeans; biker jackets with spike-shaped shoulder pads. At the tail end of the hectic period of the “Balmania”, Decarnin suddenly left the company. His replacement was a wild card – his right-hand man, Rousteing, then only 25 years old, practically a zygote as far as French fashion houses go. But Olivier did not disappoint, and was able to carry on what his mentor has started and pursue it further.

Olivier Rousteing, now as the creative director of Balmain is obsessed with the modern, the fresh, the new. He drew in the starriest crowd – including the Kardashians, Jenners, Cara Delevingne, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. He had his choice of countless celebrities and models from his loyal pack of Balmain babes, but there’s one particular stylish woman who has earned a special rank as his ultimate muse- Mrs. Kim Kardashian-West. He chooses his muses that are actually really different and modern as well as  contemporary to be part of this new world. Kardashian has been a longtime supporter of the luxury fashion house and BFFs with Rousteing himself. Plus, considering the major strides Kim has made in regards to her personal style over the past few years, it’s all the more reason why the two were a match made in sartorial heaven. But it’s not just the reality star’s incredible wardrobe and unwavering ability to look on point at all times that earned her the status of top Balmain muse—it’s her role as a strong, modern woman that the designer admires and connects with most. 

Olivier is currently riding high as the designer every celebrity wants on speed dial.

Shop Balmain latest collection now available at AlOthman & Harvey Nichols Kuwait.

Velvet- A Winter 2016 Must-Have

Velvet is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious materials available in the market, and  for the past few years has been the it material for the Fall/Winter collections,creating quite a splash at worldwide runways. It adds a touch of fluidity and comfort to feminine silhouettes.

Now here’s the thing about velvet: Either you love or you hate it, there’s nothing in between. But rest assured: A Velvet blazer or kitten-cool ankle boots can be real game changers for your wardrobe. Check out the collection of velvet stunners, from Marchesa and many more brands, available at Al-Othman Kuwait & Bahrain.