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Balmain AW16 Campaign featuring Kim and Kanye

Balmain has released its AW16 campaign with the help of many of Creative Director’s Olivier Rousteing’s famous friends including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

The young head of the fashion brand says…

On a chilly afternoon in early February, I was at Madison Square Garden, just as blown away as were the thousands around me—all of us hearing Kanye’s Life Of Pablo for the first time. In particular, the hauntingly beautiful Wolves made a big impression on me. From the moment I heard that song, I knew we had to use it for this campaign. I told Kanye that a few days later, when I called to congratulate him. I was thrilled when he immediately responded that he was on board and excited to see how involved he wanted to be—in addition to his music talents, he’s got an amazing cinematographic instinct.

Although I love my job, the collections and the shows can end up being a lot of hard work. The campaigns, though, are always an absolute joy to be a part of, from start to finish. This one, in particular, was a dream come true. It was shot right after the Met Ball. Pascal, Steven and I pulled together as many members of the “Balmain Army” who were in town and we spent two days creating a true collaboration—beginning with a riff on a Balmain after-party, and mixing dance, music, lyrics, photography and fashion in a new way that reflects the unique, diverse and modern side of this historic house. I couldn’t be happier with the result—or more grateful to all who played a part in its creation.

Olivier Rousteing, Paris, 2016

Rich, Famous, Fashionable Punks at the 2013 Met Gala

The punk themed fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Gala on the evening of May 6, honored high fashion and the icons that wear it. The Gala is considered the Oscars of fashion. Daring and risk is the name of the game. The clothes are the spectacle of the night.

Eight hundred celebrities, fashion designers, and super-models, from reigning Chairwoman Mrs. Beyonce Carter, to punk icon Debbie Harry, paid $250,000.00 per table to dine and enjoy JellO shots for dessert.

The event, sponsored by Moda Operandi Fashion and Conde Nast, celebrates the Metropolitan’s Costume Institute Exhibition, and highlights punks impact on high fashion. Moda Operandi has created an exclusive punk collection created by designers Givenchy, Balmain, and Vivienne Westwood who originally articulated the punk era by merging social realism with artistic expression.

No one in the dazzling crowd was wearing garbage bags or safety pins, and few captured the youthful sizzle of the original style.

Beyonce captured the evening wearing a flame-motif gown with a flame cut-out train created by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci.

Madonna wowed the crowd in a Tartan jacket, Givenchy pink spike heels, shredded fishnets and no pants. Anne Hathaway, in a vintage Valentino and a spiked blonde punk hairdo, channeled Debbie Harry, one of the revered stars of the exhibit, wearing Tommy Hilfiger.


Gwyneth Paltrow was edgy in a hot pink Valentino gown with a cut-out top, but the edginess of the theme threw many fashionistas off their game. Kim Kardashian, Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicki Minaj, and many more, were not their usual fearless fashion selves.

Many of the looks from ‘Chaos to Couture’ are available through the Moda Operandi website. Everything is bona fide designer duds, fun and very cool.