PARIS — When Olivier Rousteing took over the house of Balmain 10 years ago, the fashion bookmakers weren’t giving him great odds for success.
First of all, he was only 25. Second, he was pretty much unknown. Third, he was the only Black designer at the top of a heritage couture house at the time, prioritizing inclusivity when most of fashion barely knew the word. Fourth, the decades he seemed obsessed with — the 1980s and ’90s — were a little too fresh in most viewers’ minds for comfort. Especially in Mr. Rousteing’s particularly bombastic, trussed-up-in-glamour way.
No wonder on Wednesday night in Paris, he had a “Festival” — a mass
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