A decidedly turbulent and unexpected incident involving the Balmain fashion house this weekend in Paris.
Olivier Rousteing, creative director of the brand, reported this morning the disappearance of 50 dresses belonging to the latest collection, which occurred following the theft of the truck that was transporting them. The pieces were in fact destined for the next Balmain fashion show for the upcoming Paris fashion week, scheduled for the last days of September.
According to the statements that the designer wanted to share on social media, the theft of the high fashion items occurred when the driver was attacked and his delivery truck “hijacked” while he was transporting the pieces from the airport to the Balmain headquarters in center of Paris.
Rousteing expressed all his sadness and disappointment with a post on his Instagram profile: “This morning I woke up with the smile, starting the fittings for my next show at 9 am and this is what happened … 50 Balmain pieces stolen. Our delivery was hijacked. The [truck] got stolen. Thank god, the driver is safe,” “So many people worked so hard to make this collection happen. We are redoing everything but this is so so disrespectful,” He continued.
“So many workers, suppliers, my team and I. Please be safe, this is the world we are living in. Love you my Balmain team and we won’t give up.”
Although the brand has not yet released any statements on the matter through its official channels, the designer reassured that despite what happened, the show scheduled for September 27th near the Eiffel Tower will continue as planned.
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During his ten years as creative director of the fashion house, Rousteing became famous for his vast collections with a bold and luxurious style and for impressive fashion shows that often reached over 100 looks per show. Earlier this year the brand opted for a more intimate show with 250 guests and just 52 looks. Soon we will have the opportunity to see the fruits of the passionate work of the designer and his team directly on the Parisian catwalks, despite the unpleasant unexpected event.
Many colleagues from the fashion world shared the disappointment over the incident, such as Simon Porte Jacquemus, Donatella Versace and Jennifer Lopez’s stylist, Mariel Haenn, who commented on the post published by Oliver Rousteing as a sign of closeness.