Olivier Rousteing shares Paris attacks horror
French designer Olivier Rousteing has shared his experience of the horrific terror attacks in Paris on Friday (13Nov15).
The creative director of Balmain has his office in the city, where more than 200 people died at the hands of terrorists. Olivier was busy at work when he heard the news and immediately closed up his office, then took to Facebook to notify people of "unsafe zones" to avoid. He knew he needed to be around loved ones but says he felt isolated.
"I went back home, but I couldn't stay there," he opened up to vogue.co.uk. "I didn't feel in danger, but lying there listening to sirens I felt like it was going to happen again. I needed to go somewhere that I could switch off. When you see all the souls that lost their lives, it really is hard. I went to a hotel - my second home. I don't have anyone in my life here - no family here, no partners - and so I needed to be where people would look after me. My assistants and colleagues went to their boyfriend's or girlfriend's or parents' - I don't have that here."
What made the awful news even harder for Olivier is the familiarity of the targeted venues. Among them was concert hall Bataclan, where 89 people died when terrorists stormed an Eagles of Death Metal gig.
"I used to go to the Bataclan," he explained. "It's just so unexpected. I don't have the words to explain it. To attack the 11th arrondissement - I don't know why they would go there. Usually they attack against government. With Charlie Hebdo it was about figures that had mocked their ideas and ideology. To target a club full of people enjoying themselves - it's just so random. We were watching places be attacked that all of us young go to chill with our friends. It's strange, you don't feel safe anywhere."