Dozens of Balmain's couture pieces intended for this upcoming Paris Fashion Week were taken after the vehicle carrying the items was stolen, according to the brand's creative director, Olivier Rousteing.
In an emotional Instagram post on Saturday, Rousteing wrote that the delivery truck with the pieces had been “hijacked" by a “group of people" while driving from the airport to Balmain's headquarters.
“This morning I woke up with [a] smile, starting the fittings for my next show at 9 am and this is what happened… 50 Balmain pieces stolen,” Rousteing wrote. “Thank god, the driver is safe.”
Balmain's Paris Fashion Week show is set for September 27 near the Eiffel Tower and according to Rousteing, his team will be working “day and night” to recreate what was lost.
“We are redoing everything but this is so so disrespectful,” Rousteing said. “So many workers, suppliers, my team and I… Love you my Balmain team and we won’t give up."
He continued: “I wanted to share this with you to remind you, don't take anything for [granted] and please be safe. This is the world we are living in.”
Many other designers and big names in the fashion industry offered their support to Rousteing in the comments. Donatella Versace wrote, “Sending you all my love. I know that you and your creativity will be able to overcome this!” Fellow French fashion designer Simon Porte Jacquemus commented, “Strength” with the red heart emoji. Model Elsa Hosk expressed her frustration with several emojis, while Linda Evangelista wrote, “Awful. Sending you love.”
Balmain has become a major figure in modern-day high fashion ever since Olivier Rousteing took over in 2011. The French designer was only 25 at the time and has since worked to create looks for big names including Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and more. It's unclear how many pieces total are in this latest collection.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue
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