French designer Oliver Rusting admits he was reluctant to present his latest collection for Balmain at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday in the wake of the war in Ukraine.
“It’s hard to feel right about focusing on the runway and the clothes, because we listen to the latest news with a heavy heart,” Roasting wrote to his 7.6 million followers on Instagram.
He used the yellow and blue desert scene of Ukraine for the photo.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainians. We are impressed by their dignity, resilience and commitment to freedom,” he added.
When he later unveiled his collection in Paris, it was astonishing how many organizations reflect the wartime environment, even though it was naturally conceived long before the start of the war in Ukraine.
There were padded corsets, tops and gloves that closely resembled the body armor of the future, while others were cut in gold shields.
This was matched by a similar focus on protective clothing at the Dior show the day before – shoulder pads, airbag corsets and accessories that clearly looked like bulletproof vests – a focus on “safety”. Were part
It marks a significant shift away from the more glamorous styles that dominated last year’s collections when the focus was on the hopes of overcoming the epidemic.
The Balmain event still had a traditional twist, with celebrities including Serena Williams, Jean-Paul Galtier and Brazilian footballer Neymar in attendance.
Rousteing, 36, has been an artistic director at Ballman for over a decade and is best known for his collaboration with Kim Kardashian.
He also starred in a Netflix documentary about finding his biological parents.
In his Instagram post, Rusting said he had donated to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, “to feel a little less helpless” about the Ukraine conflict.
“I would invite anyone else who expresses my concern to consider donating. We are for freedom,” he wrote. (AFP)