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.”
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.
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.