5 Minutes With: Olivier Rousteing

Olivier Rousteing, Balmain

As promised, here is my interview with the one and only Olivier Rousteing. Creative Director of Balmain, renowned design talent, BFF to Rihanna and Kimye, social media superstar, marketing genius, owner of world’s most chiselled cheekbones… And all by the tender age of 28. It was an honour and a pleasure to be offered the opportunity to meet Olivier at the stunning, newly opened Balmain flagship store in London’s Mayfair. Naturally, I had a few questions…

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Balmain Takes London

Dinner Hosted By Olivier Rousteing At Annabel's To Mark Balmain Boutique Opening

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again; there are parties, and then there are PARTIES. Unsurprisingly, Balmain’s big bad bash to celebrate the opening of their first flagship store, here in London, fell firmly into the latter category. It was, hands down, the best fashion party I’ve been to in a very long time. Possibly the best party full stop that I’ve been to in a very long time. But this is no real surprise. When the prodigiously talented, mind blowing handsome Creative Director of the fully reloaded French fashion house that no one can stop talking about throws a late night soirée, you just know it’s going to be one to write home about… Or, perhaps more accurately, to not….

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3 Ways To Wear it: Leopard Print Sandals

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Ravel Colorado leopard print sandals, £50, available here

It certainly has been a while since my last edition of 3 Ways To Wear It! Back then I attempted to coax in Spring with a pair of fancy floral trainers. This time around I’m full on declaring the new season upon us with a pair of delectable leopard print sandals by iconic footwear label, Ravel. Despite any preconceptions you may have held about sandals and – full disclosure – I held a few too, they are NOT to be reserved only for holidays or days where it’s frankly too hot not to have a full breeze wafting around your feet without feeling like you’re about to slip over in your own perspiration (ew). The right pair of sandals, styled correctly, can in fact be worn from dawn ’til dusk as soon as it’s warm enough to do so without actually losing a toe to frostbite. Or, if you’re a fashion fool like me, from March when it’s officially Spring but potentially still hypothermic weather. And what sandals could be more worth waving goodbye to all feeling in your extremities for than those of the leopard print calf hair and shiny gold leather variety?

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