“My last show was about the celebration of healing on pain.” It is one of the sentences extrapolated from the long post published last night by Olivier Rousteing on Instagram. The accompanying photo is one of those you do not expect from the creative director of the French fashion house: you see the designer completely wrapped in bandages, visibly injured. A year after the explosion of the fireplace in his house, Rousteing wanted to make public that pain from which today he can be said to be cured.
He says that the morning after the accident he woke up atSaint Louis Hospital of Paris and that the medical staff was extraordinary with him, despite the hospital being struggling with the emergency due to Covid. What he says afterwards instead is a sort of confession on some issues that have become dear to him during his arduous convalescence.
Heart in hand, he explains that he spent a year practically in hiding because he was ashamed but didn’t know exactly what. “Maybe this obsession with perfection that fashion is known for and my personal insecurities,” she says. To recover and try to overcome the moment, Rousteing has dedicated himself body and soul to his collections in the intimacy of his privacy. In order not to leak his secret, he spent these months hiding his scars with masks, turtleneck sweaters, long sleeves and two gold tubular rings for each single finger to cover the marks on his hands. Rings that he also made his models wear on the show.
“I really understand that the power of social media is to reveal only what you want to show!” he continues sharing his reflections “it is as if they allow us to create our own special narrative that avoids what we do not want to see or show: this is our new world”.
As for the latest women’s collection presented, Spring Summer 2022, there have been several hints to what happened. There were dresses in gauze bandages, white minidresses that simulated plaster or boots that looked like orthopedic supports (in the gallery some of the models with the most evident references). But above all there was a lot of comfort even in some silhouettes, a value rediscovered by Rousteing in this period.
So, in addition to the celebrations for the ten years at the direction of the brand, the parade of super tops including Carla Bruni, the intro of Beyoncé, the one that was seen on the catwalk at the end of September was a party for the rebirth of the creative and man. «Today I feel so free, so happy and so lucky» he adds in the long post «I’m starting a new chapter with a smile on my face and a heart full of gratitude». “It’s always sunny after the storm.” A year later, Olivier Rousteing can say it loudly.