Balmain joins Dior in the dystopian era game as Rousteing presented a metaphorical motif that came to life– following the recent events in Ukraine. Body armour, tactical gear, protective wear, and compression pads were sewn on each runway piece. The designer furthermore stated that he was in awe of the Ukrainians, “We are inspired by their dignity, resilience and devotion to freedom, these runway offerings were not designed as a direct response to the recent horrific invasion of our neighbours and I would never dare to even think of comparing the suffering that they are going through right now with the problems that I have had on social media. Still, as we watch the news, my team and I do keep in mind this collection’s message: united in solidarity, we can rely on the power of hope and truth to push back against hate, lies and aggression.”

Still, as we watch the news, my team and I do keep in mind this collection’s message: united in solidarity, we can rely on the power of hope and truth to push back against hate, lies and aggression.” The three-act show showcased a series of strong dresses that combined original details that Pierre Balmain used for the house’s first-ever presentation, which stood at the vanguard of Paris’s post-war reconstruction and emergence.

For Rouesteing, this collection was his way of expressing that despite it all, he was able to metaphorically illustrate protective wear from the bandaging and recovery gear he was forced to wear after suffering burns in his house fire.

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