Olivier Rousteing will be releasing a documentary about his life this far. He has acknowledged that a documentary at age 32 might seem a bit premature but told WWD that “its going to be a beautiful message, it’s going to be a big thing”.
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He is possibly one the most intriguing yet relatable designers of this generation not only as an icon within the powerhouse that is Balmain but in many other aspects. I’m referring, of course to his impeccably timed courtship with social media in 2014, his merging of iconic celebrities and supermodels with reality show figures and by simply overcoming odds that most would regard as justifiable excuses for settling for a lesser level of success.
He was adopted at the age of 1 in Bordeaux in France, he started working for Robertor Cavalli as a designer by age 18 and became the first black creative director for Balmain by age 25. His other most well-known accomplishment, which landed him on everybody’s fashion radar was the collaboration with H&M in 2015 - even the highlight reel is enough to pique ones interest so I cannot wait to hear his perspective. The documentary is set to be shot this summer by the team behind 2009’s Valentino: Last Emperor. The release is scheduled for early 2019.
Images: Balmain Resort 2019, Instagram/Olivier Rousteing
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