As creative director for Balmain, Olivier Rousteing has written the dress code for confident, unapologetic glamour. He knows what modern women want to wear, whether it's a sharp blazer or a figure-hugging minidress.
When Pierre Balmain founded his namesake house in 1945, his vision was one of femininity and opulence. His reputation for beautiful garments earned him cosmopolitan, global clientele – one that still exists today. Since Olivier Rousteing's appointment in 2011, he’s brought the house into the twenty-first century and established his own Balmain army.
<p>Balenciaga was founded in Paris in the nineteenth century and since has been recognised for its exceptionally precise designs and graceful simplicity. With Demna Gvasalia at the helm as artistic director of Balenciaga, the Parisian fashion house continues its reign as one of the most influential brands in the world.</p>
Under Demna Gvasalia's leadership as creative director, Balenciaga returns to its creative roots by revisiting the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga through a modern lens. Gvasalia works closely with the brand's archives to infuse his avant-garde perspective with Balenciaga's signature balance of innovation and elegance.
The brand has evolved from its origins in Paris into one of the world's most influential fashion labels, with extensive ready-to-wear and accessories lines. While Cristóbal passed away in 1972, his legacy and design aesthetic continue to inspire and shape the brand to this day.