PARIS – French designer Olivier Rousteing pulled out all of the stops on Wednesday in his newest assortment for Balmain at Paris Trend Week, closing his present with American singer Cher on the catwalk.

The present started with the 76-year-old music icon on a display screen, saying: “All of us invent ourselves. A few of us simply have extra creativeness than others.”

However that was solely a teaser earlier than she appeared in particular person together with her 1999 hit Robust Sufficient booming across the occasion at a rugby stadium.

Dubbed the Balmain Pageant, Rousteing, 37, unveiled his designs with clear African influences and mythological references together with Apollo and Venus.

A very poignant second in the course of the finale got here when black fashions walked down in a wide range of textured attire, some with the corseted look Rousteing favours and a music by Youssou N’Dour that includes the lyrics: “And when a toddler is born into this world, it has no idea, of the tone the pores and skin resides in.”

After the present ended, the rising Nigerian star of Afrobeats, Ckay, carried out on stage for 1000’s attending the occasion.

Rousteing has been inventive director at Balmain since 2011 and is thought for pushing the model into new territory and dealing with celebrities similar to American actuality stars Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian.

As cosmetics turns into an ever-bigger trade, Balmain just lately introduced plans to launch a magnificence line as a part of a partnership with Estee Lauder. AFP