Balmain's creative director Olivier Rousteing says over 50 of his Paris Fashion Week designs were 'hijacked'

  • Balmain's creative director said a truck carrying his designs was hijacked in Paris this weekend.

  • Olivier Rousteing, who is a close friend of the Kardashians, said more than 50 pieces were stolen.

  • The incident comes as he's preparing for Balmain's upcoming Paris Fashion Week 2023 show.

Balmain's creative director says more than 50 of his designs for the label's upcoming Paris Fashion Week show were stolen during a hijacking in Paris this weekend.

Olivier Rousteing, who has been at the helm of Balmain since 2011, announced on Instagram Saturday that the final pieces for an upcoming September 2023 Paris Fashion Week show disappeared after a truck carrying the designs from an airport to the brand's headquarters was "hijacked."

Rousteing did not say which airport or the exact time the alleged hijacking occurred.

Balmain did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


"I was starting to create some looks with my team and our driver called us and said that he was hijacked by a group of people. More than 50 Balmain pieces stolen," he wrote in a black-and-white post. "This is so unfair."

The designer, who was just 25 when he was tapped to be Balmain's creative director, continued by saying that he and his team, as well as their suppliers, would have to work night and day to make up for the loss before Paris Fashion Week at the end of September.

"But this is so disrespectful," he added.

In the post caption, Rousteing said the "camion" — French slang for a truck — was stolen along with the designs. He also said that the driver was safe, "Thank god."

He then urged followers to "be safe" because "this is the world we are living in."

Olivier Rousteing attends the 2023 Met Gala.
Olivier Rousteing attends the 2023 Met Gala.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Rousteing's allegation about stolen Balmain designs comes seven years after his friend and muse, Kim Kardashian, was robbed at gunpoint in Paris.

The Hollywood Reporter reported in 2016 that Kardashian was held at gunpoint and restrained in the bathroom of her hotel room in Paris during the incident, which took place that October.

The thieves left the hotel with about $11 million in jewelry, per The Hollywood Reporter, and Kardashian told David Letterman in 2020 that she feared she would be raped or killed at the time.

Kardashian tearfully opened up about the experience on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" in 2017, telling her sisters she contemplated an escape plan before deciding it would've been too risky.

"They dragged me out to the hallway, on top of the stairs. That's when I saw the gun like clear as day," she said.

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