“I have done everything I can to hide this story from as many people as possible and try to keep this secret for as long as possible with my teams and friends,” Rousteing wrote.
“To be honest, I’m not really sure why I was so embarrassed, perhaps this obsession with the perfection that fashion is known for and my own insecurities…”.
Praising staff at the Hospital Saint Louis in Paris, where he was treated, he said he hid his injuries with clothing and accessories during interviews and photoshoots.
Olivier Rousteing, the French creative director of luxury fashion house Balmain, after being injured in a chimney explosion in October 2020. Credit: Olivier Rousteing / Instagram
He said the experience made him realize that the power of social media has enabled users to “create our own special narrative that avoids what we don’t want to see or show.”
“Today, I feel so free, so good and so lucky. I’m starting a new chapter with a smile on my face and a heart full of gratitude,” Rousteing wrote, reminding followers that “after the storm There’s always the sun.”
Several celebrity friends of Rousteing posted helpful comments, including musicians Cardi B and Maluma, reality star Kim Kardashian West and designer Donatella Versace.
Rousteing said that he was now “healed, happy and healthy” and added that his last show, which took place on 28–29 September, was “about a celebration of healing over pain” and that he accompanied his “rebirth”— With celebrated as 10 years of Balmain. Director.
The show, billed “Balmain Music Festival V02”, featured food, music and fashion. Supermodel Naomi Campbell attended the runway show and Doja Cat performed.
Rousteing took over as creative director of Balmain in 2011 and has since worked with a number of models and musicians, including Gigi Hadid, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Iman, and Cara Delevingne.