Olivier Rousteing, inventive director of style home Balmain, shared his ordeal for the primary time since struggling extreme burns at his residence final 12 months
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A celebrated clothier has revealed he was left with extreme burns after a hearth exploded at his residence.
Olivier Rousteing, inventive director of style home Balmain, shared a photograph of his whole physique and head lined in bandages in addition to burn marks on his face.
The French designer posted the image on his Instagram account on Saturday, a 12 months precisely after the incident.
He mentioned he lastly felt able to share his expertise. “I’ve been hiding this for too long and it’s time for you to know,” he wrote.
“Exactly a year ago, the fireplace inside my house exploded.”
He mentioned he woke the subsequent day at Paris’s Hôpital Saint Louis, and has since been recovering from his wounds.
He added that he had tried to cover the story of his accidents “from as many people as possible” and had tried to maintain the key along with his groups and buddies “for too long”.
“To be honest I am not really sure why I was so ashamed, maybe this obsession with perfection that fashion is known for and my own insecurities…,” he continued.
Instead, he tried to cover his scars “with face masks, turtlenecks, long sleeves and even multiple rings” in photoshoots and interviews.
A 12 months on, Mr Rousteing described himself as “healed, happy and healthy” and thanked the medical workers who had handled him regardless of “dealing with an incredible number of Covid cases at that same time”.
Referring to the Balmain Spring/Summer 2022 show, he said it was “in regards to the celebration of therapeutic over ache and I thank all of the fashions the productions my workforce the fashions my Balmain household, my buddies that got here and supported not solely my 10 years of Balmain however my rebirth.”
He concluded the submit by writing: “There is always the sun after the storm.”
The designer additionally shared images of himself “hiding” in lengthy sleeved clothes and face masks throughout the summer season on his Instagram tales, calling it the “most difficult summer of my life”.
At the age of 24, Mr Rousteing grew to become the youngest and solely Black inventive director within the historical past of Balmain.
The Bordeaux-born designer marked a decade on the Paris-based style home at this 12 months’s Fashion Week with a retrospective of his Balmain designs and his spring 2022 collections for ladies and men.