SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

Continuing its love of presenting new collections via a unique concert-meets-runway experience, the third Balmain festival highlighted Olivier Rousteing’s Renaissance-inspired designs alongside performances from The Blaze, CKay and Shygirl.

Open to thousands IRL (and live-streamed to many thousands more) the third Balmain Festival highlighted the house’s unique passion for the perfect trio of friendship, fashion and music. But, of course, that’s not all—the Balmain Festival also continued to raise funds in support of the essential work of (RED) and The Global Fund in the fight to end AIDS within our lifetime.


Ever since 2015, when “Chocolate City” was released, the Balmain design team has been playing CKay on steady rotation. So, Olivier Rousteing was very pleased to have the artist bring his unique Emo-Afrobeats to the Balmain runway.

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First introduced to soft falsetto of Shygirl by London friends, Olivier Rousteing was very happy to bring her across the Channel, in order to highlight her playful and sensual creations during the third Balmain Festival.

The Blaze

The Blaze (the French music and video duo of cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric) brought their compelling fusion of stunning films and moving dance music to the Balmain Festival.

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Closing With A Legend

The Balmain Festival is Balmain’s annual celebration of the beautiful possibilities that might be achieved by combining the best in music and fashion. So, to close the third festival, there couldn’t possibly be a better artist than Cher. After all, she’s been making it clear to everyone—ever since the ‘60s—just how powerful the perfect combo of those two arts can be.

A True Trailblazer

“Cher’s history of successes, records, awards, activism and culturally defining moments is way too long to even think of listing here—but I do believe that it can easily be summed up in just one word: trailblazer. Cher has been a daring pioneer, a true trailblazer, for over six decades, never slowing down, always pulling us along with her, as she courageously marches forward. She may have been crowned the “Goddess of Pop,” but she’s definitely shown us that she can rule every possible musical genre—from folk to stadium rock—while somehow managing to move us to tears in her dramatic roles and making us laugh like nobody else can when she opts for comedy. “Style icon” doesn’t come close to describing her achievement of defining more than a half-century’s worth of fashion’s trends. And, in this challenging age that compels us to fight for long-overdue changes, her impressive, long-term commitment to dedicated activism is an example to all. Knowing all that, I knew that we had to have Cher on the runway with us today to close this year’s festival.”

Olivier Rousteing

Photo and video credits

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      Fran Beltran, BFA, Getty