To have fun his tenth anniversary as artistic director of the home of Balmain final month, Olivier Rousteing staged the sort of spectacle solely a designer together with his audacious imaginative and prescient may pull off. Featuring 6,000 attendees, a efficiency from Doja Cat, runway walks from the likes of Naomi Campbell and Carla Bruni, and a voiceover celebrating his work courtesy of Beyoncé, it capped Rousteing’s decade on the home with all of the good bombast that has develop into his unmistakable signature.
But there was one more reason for this celebratory spirit, too, as he revealed to reporters following the present. In October of final yr, Rousteing suffered extreme burns after a fire at his residence exploded, which he defined got here to tell the gathering with its notable sense of ease and luxury. And in the present day, Rousteing opened up about his ordeal publicly for the primary time, posting a picture of himself to Instagram that was taken quickly after leaving hospital, together with his higher physique virtually solely bandaged to help his restoration.
“I lastly really feel able to share this,” wrote Rousteing. “I’ve been hiding this for too lengthy and it’s time so that you can know.” As effectively as sharing particulars of the expertise itself, he paid a heartfelt tribute to the medical workers who helped him on his journey again to restoration. “I wakened the subsequent morning in Paris’s Hôpital Saint-Louis,” he continued. “The gifted workers at that well-known hospital, which was coping with an unimaginable variety of Covid instances at that very same time, took wonderful care of me. I can not thank them sufficient.”
Just as spectacular as Rousteing’s fast restoration is the very fact he continued to provide collections all all through the previous yr, with a lot of his reveals being celebrated for his or her modern method to remodeling the runway format whereas coping with the restrictions imposed by Covid-19. One such instance was his spring 2021 present, the place the same old front-row crowd was current on digital screens, in an ingenious melding of the traditional vogue present with the important thing function know-how performed in retaining that sense of neighborhood alive all through the pandemic.
At his most up-to-date present, he famous that all through his restoration he had used turtlenecks, face masks, lengthy sleeves, and jewellery to hide the consequences of the hearth. But in his Instagram submit in the present day, Rousteing remarked that he felt prepared to show over a brand new leaf and opened up about his efforts to recast this devastating occasion as one thing constructive—in no small half by means of the fantastic thing about the garments he’s created over the previous yr whereas recovering.
“My final present was concerning the celebration of therapeutic over ache and I thank all of the fashions, the productions, my crew, the fashions, my Balmain household, [and] my associates that got here and supported not solely my 10 years of Balmain, however my rebirth,” he wrote. Ultimately, the message Rousteing hoped to share was an inspiring one: of self-love, gratitude, and the therapeutic energy of creativity. “Today, I really feel so free, so good and so fortunate,” wrote Rousteing. “I’m starting a brand new chapter with a smile on my face and a coronary heart filled with gratitude.”