Olivier Rousteing: 'I'd love to dress Obama'
Olivier Rousteing would like to recruit U.S. President Barack Obama to his so-called Balmain Army.
Rousteing, the French fashion house's creative director, is in New York for the launch of the brand's new flagship in trendy SoHo. And while he has the pick of Hollywood's elite to kit out in his modernist designs, it's the American president, who is sometimes derided for wearing "dad jeans", he'd really like to style.
"I would love to put him (Obama) in a double-breasted jacket, like I’m wearing today," said Rousteing to Vanity Fair magazine, gesturing to the signature black cotton blazer with six gold buttons he was wearing. "Like, I wish! This is my biggest dream. (Now) I’m in New York, so maybe my dream can come true."
Paris-based Rousteing has had a busy couple of days in the Big Apple, dressing Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian for Monday night's (02May16) Met Gala, as well the majority of the Kardashian-Jenner clan and models Cindy Crawford, Jourdan Dunn, Doutzen Kroes, and Alessandra Ambrosio.
While the designer embraced the technology theme of the Costume Institute's annual ball, outfitting his multi-generational muses in sleek gowns with metallic accents, the 30-year-old reveals that out of all his couture-level custom pieces it was actually Kanye's heavy denim and jewel-encrusted jacket that took the most time to create.
"We had to bleach the denim and then embroider it with all the stones and pearls. I felt like this was a different kind of process that we're not used to doing in couture," he told GQ magazine, adding he was excited by the fact that the rapper shunned the white tie dress code associated with the glitzy event.
"I was really proud. And when you decide to dress Kanye, I mean, you don't want to dress him just like the others," he said. "You want to dress Kanye because he is Kanye. And I think if Kanye feels like, 'I want to wear denim,' you just go all the way."
Rousteing also thinks it's this spirit of experimentation that sets American men apart from their French counterparts.
He feels Parisian men in particular can be blase with their style and they "don't try hard" because they feel like it's already cool to be French.
"Whereas Americans, I feel like it's a mix of different styles. They love tailoring, but they love sportswear at the same time. So I feel like they can wear sneakers, but they can also wear really classy shoes. They can wear joggers with a tailored jacket," he smiled.