Current creative director Olivier Rousteing is lifting the brand to new heights, after Christophe Decarnin’s (Current Faith Connexion creative director) success. Founded 1945 in Paris by Pierre Balmain, a colleague of Christian Dior, Balmain has stepped quite far from its traditional roots. Glam rock fused blazers, biker jeans, cargo pants and leather moto jackets have become signature pieces. A mix of streetwear and contemporary couture.