It's Friday and it's time to expand the mind with a little fashion flavor. This week we are going to chat about the French fashion house of Balmain
Pierre Balmain was another guy that went into engineering and architecture in college but went WAY off course and went into fashion instead. He was even in the French Air Force but the fashion bug hit and hit hard at the age of 44.
In 1945 he opened his own fashion house and he has no lack of start power. He styled the likes of Ava Gardner, bombshell Brigitte Bardot, Josephine Baker, and Audrey Hepburn.
He was a private guy but he put out collections after collections for the fashion house until 1982 when he passed away. But what does one do when your a successful brand and your namesake is no longer there to push it forward? Lots of right hand men for Pierre manned the ship but why not hire..Oscar de la Renta of course. YUP.. ODLR led the house from 1993-2002. AMAZING!
But the guy that made Balmain a Kardashian fave is the current head hauncho..Olivier Rousteing. He took over the reins in 2011 at the age of 24. WOW.
Olivier is credited for bringing Balmain to the mainstream by launching collections with H&M and Victoria's Secret.
This brand has always been fun and flirty with a wicked industrial flare. This is a brand on my personal wishlist. I'm on the hunt.
Class dismissed until next time...