Balmain Designer Olivier Rousteing Opens Up About Fireplace Explosion Burns 1 Year Later: ‘So Lucky’

Balmain Designer Olivier Opens Up About Fireplace Explosion Burns 1 Year Later

Balmain Designer Olivier Opens Up About Fireplace Explosion Burns 1 Year Later

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Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing shared a weak photograph of himself one yr after struggling burns from a fire explosion in his home.

The French vogue home artistic director, 36, had bandages protecting his total higher physique and head in addition to burn marks on his face in a photograph he posted on Saturday.

“A YEAR AGO,” he started his prolonged caption. “I finally feel ready to share this. I’ve been hiding this for too long and it’s time for you to know.”

Rousteing defined, “Exactly a year ago, the fireplace inside my house exploded.”

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“I woke up the next morning in Paris’ Hôpital Saint Louis. The talented staff at that famous hospital, which was dealing with an incredible number of COVID cases at that same time, took amazing care of me. I cannot thank them enough,” he mentioned of his remedy, later including, “to the doctors and nurses at Saint Louis, and to all those who helped me during this long recovery and kept my secret: a profound thank-you. I love you.”

Balmain Designer Olivier Opens Up About Fireplace Explosion Burns 1 Year Later

Balmain Designer Olivier Opens Up About Fireplace Explosion Burns 1 Year Later

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The luxurious clothier revealed he “did everything to hide this story from as many people as possible and trying to keep the secret with my teams and friends for too long .”

“To be honest I am not really sure why I was so ashamed, maybe this obsession with perfection that fashion is known for and my own insecurities…” Rousteing mirrored. “And I truly realized that the power social media is to reveal only what you want to show! Kind of allowing us to create our own special narrative that avoids what we do not wish to see or show: this is our new world.”

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The Balmain designer shared that he dove straight into work throughout restoration with the intention to “forget” the fact of his well being scare.

He inadvertently ended up sporting “face masks, turtlenecks, long sleeves and even multiple rings on all my fingers” when he needed to attend something for his purchasers.

Balmain Designer Olivier Opens Up About Fireplace Explosion Burns 1 Year Later

Balmain Designer Olivier Opens Up About Fireplace Explosion Burns 1 Year Later

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“Now, a year later—healed, happy and healthy,” the designer shared, including, “I realize how truly blessed I am and I thank GOD everyday of my life.”

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Referring to the Balmain Spring/Summer 2022 vogue present on Sept. 29, Rousteing mentioned it was “about the celebration of healing over pain and I thank all the models the productions my team the models my Balmain family, my friends that came and supported not only my 10 years of Balmain but my rebirth.”

“Today, I feel so free, so good and so lucky. I’m beginning a new chapter with a smile on my face and a heart full of gratitude,” the designer mentioned. “GOD BLESS YOU ALL ♥️.”

On his Instagram Story, Rousteing shared pictures and movies of himself “hiding” whereas coated in lengthy sleeve clothes and face masks throughout hotter months calling it the “most difficult summer of my life.”

“Fashion can help to hide,” he wrote over a photograph of himself as Sia‘s “Unstoppable” performed within the background. “And today I feel free. And thank [you] to all the people that helped me, supported me and loved me.”

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Rousteing’s feedback part was flooded with messages of assist from his celeb clientele.

Kim Kardashian commented, “🙏🏼 I love you.” Cardi B wrote, “God bless you 🙏🏽.” “Sending so much love & blessings,” La La Anthony mentioned. Lily Aldridge advised the designer, “Sending so much love and thank you for sharing your story.” “Thankfully you are ok! What a scary moment,” Adriana Lima added. Tyson Beckford wrote, “Bless up you’re still here and thriving my brother.”

Rousteing, who at age 24 turned the youngest and solely Black artistic director within the historical past of Balmain, has slowly been decreasing the veil of his private life.

Balmain : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017

Balmain : Runway – Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017

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In the Netflix documentary Wonder Boy (which premiered solely in France final yr), the designer did not maintain again as he allowed viewers to comply with him on a search to search out his organic mother and father whereas additionally opening up about experiencing racism in France, being lonely, and extra.

“Many people know me as the Balmain designer, but I want to let them know the human being behind the French fashion house,” Rousteing advised PEOPLE in June, admitting that he was “nervous” to indicate that facet of him.

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Out of all of the issues followers is perhaps shocked to see within the movie, the style determine candidly shared that “the loneliness” might be a facet of life that’s sudden.

“They see me with my friends and celebrities and [living] this incredible, glamorous life. Everything looks fabulous. But this documentary shows the loneliness of someone who’s looking for his parents and trying to understand his origins. I think people will be surprised to see me being vulnerable and fragile.”



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Among different issues, the designer shared his dedication to diversifying the style business.

“I was kind of bored with fashion sometimes being so unreal and disconnected from reality. Even the bodies of the models. People look through fashion magazines and think, ‘Who actually looks like that?'” Rousteing advised PEOPLE. “The celebrities I work with bring an awareness of Balmain to a different [demographic] that doesn’t open a magazine or follow fashion.”

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When requested about his career-defining moments, the star cites tapping Rihanna because the face of Balmain in 2013, launching an inexpensive assortment in collaboration with H&M in 2015, and designing Coachella seems for the one and solely Queen Bey in 2018.

“Just being subsequent to Beyoncé, listening to her voice, reducing the material collectively on the ground… I felt like somebody ought to have pinched me,” he mentioned, including, “it was surreal.”

Additionally, Rousteing gushed about having assist from the Kardashian-Jenners, telling PEOPLE, “Kris Jenner is sort of a mother to me. Whatever I am going via in my life, I do know I can depend on her. She’s all the time there for me.”


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