Blamain Couture Is Making a Comeback


Olivier Rousteing made history as one of only three black men ever to helm a major fashion house, and he’s not done shaking things up. The creative director of Balmain recently announced that the French fashion house would be returning to the couture calendar as early as next year. In what the designer called “a chance to return to the beginnings of this house,” the move is certainly cause for anticipation: Known for bandage dresses and sharp blazers, Rousteing’s “Balmain Army” is certain to put on a show. While lips are sealed as to what the debut couture line-up will look like, experts on betting on Rousteing’s go-to mélange of the aesthetics of founder Pierre Balmain and the rock-n-roll vibe of his predecessor, Christoph Decarnin.

For Further Reading:

This isn’t Rousteing’s first big move at Balmain: You might remember him as the creator of Beyoncé’s iconic Coachella looks.


Discussion Question:

What do you think Balmain’s return to couture says about the state of fashion accessibility in 2018?


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Do some fashion sleuthing of your own, and dig into the history Balmain in order to get a possible glimpse of what Rousteing will capture in the new couture collection.


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