At its supervisory board meeting on Nov. 16, the Chambre Syndicale also reappointed Aganovich, Antonio Grimaldi, Azzaro Couture, Christophe Josse, Georges Hobeika, Guo Pei, Iris van Herpen, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, Ralph & Russo, RVDK/Ronald van der Kemp, Ulyana Sergeenko, Xuan, Yuima Nakazato and Zuhair Murad as guest members next season.
Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing revealed at WWD’s Retail & Apparel CEO Summit in late October that the house would be returning to the couture calendar for the first time since the departure of Oscar de la Renta in 2002. “[I’m] looking to bring back the Parisian DNA,” he said.
The prospect has a lot of business potential considering 80 percent of Balmain’s sales stem from ready-to-wear. Accessories, fragrance and cosmetics are also on his wish list.
The couture shows are to take place from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24.