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10 things we learned from creative director Olivier Rousteing's @Dazed_Fashion takeover

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Fresh off the success of his Balmain SS14 show, creative director Olivier Rousteing took over our Twitter account to answer a few questions. From high street collaborations to his model of the year, here are ten things we learned from the self-described "pop maximalist" and his takeover of @Dazed_Fashion.

ROUSTEING'S DESIGN AMBITIONS STARTED YOUNG

An only child, Rousteing grew up in Bordeaux, France and started his career early – before his appointment as creative director, he'd been working behind the scenes at Balmain for two years and worked for five years with Roberto Cavalli.

WARHOL AND LICHTENSTEIN ARE HIS FAVOURITE ARTISTS

The colours and graphic lines of Pop Art are all qualities associated with Rousteing's reign over Balmain, so it makes sense that he counts Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as his favourite artists.

HIS FAVOURITE MODEL IS ROSIE HUNTINGDON-WHITELY

No surprise there – the 25-year-old English model closed his SS14 show in an intricately-beaded woven top. 

MCDONALD'S OR BURGER KING?

Rousteing comes down on the side of the Golden Arches. 

HIS BIGGEST CHALLENGE? AGE

When then-creative director Christophe Decarnin abruptly left Balmain in 2011 due to health concerns, Rousteing was only 25 years old. Despite being a relatively untested designer, he's since flourished as a pop maximalist who's reinvigorated the house with his more-is-more approach. 

KIM KARDASHIAN AND LENNY KRAVITZ ARE HIS CELEB CRUSHES

And he even @-ed them on Twitter to prove it. 

STRONG WOMEN: IT'S WHY THE 80S ARE BACK

Glamour, strength, and a tiny waist – the silhouette of the 80s Amazonian woman has never been so relevant, especially for the house of Balmain.  

MICHAEL JACKSON, ICON

If Rousteing could be anyone from the 80s, he'd be MJ. He also has a keen appreciation of 80s-era Joan Collins in her full Dynasty regalia. 

GIANNI, YVES AND PIERRE ARE "FUCKING GENIUSES"

Rousteing counts among his favourite designers Gianni Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and – of course – Pierre Balmain. 

"BALLERINAS FROM THE SKY" INSPIRED HIS SS14 SHOW

Tutus, pastels, graphic fabrics and dancers from the sky all fed into the beautiful extravagance of his runway collection.

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