Design Credits: Balmain

When Balmain announced it was appointing Olivier Rousteing as head designer, some questioned whether he was right for the job. But, as you know, the move proved to be the smart decision and also a lucrative one.

To this day, celebrities can't get enough of the brand, and rappers are still wearing the biker jeans like it's their second skin. Rousteing earned, who grew up in France with an adopted family but had African parents, earned his stripes at Roberto Cavalli, where he worked for five years, and then designing Balmain's women's line. He may have stayed behind the scenes while former designer Christophe Decarnin led Balmain, but those days are long gone. All eyes are on Rousteing now.

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