When you’re BFFs with Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing, you have the luxury of picking and choosing from the most exquisite custom couture closet. That’s the case for Kim Kardashian West.
Before she chose this ensemble for this year’s Manus x Machina-themed Met Gala, the reality star had tried on several body-hugging metallic selections that all translated futuristic vibes.
“The process of getting ready for an event like this is intense; it really takes a village,” Kardashian West, 35, wrote on her website and app. “At this time, my post-pregnancy weight was still fluctuating and I was not at my goal yet, but I was trying so hard. Olivier and his entire Balmain team brought tons of options for me to try.”
With husband Kanye West by her side, the mother of two went through varying outfits for three hours. From cleavage-baring looks to mix and matching different tops and bottoms, Kardashian West made sure her final choice was the ideal costume.
“When I landed in New York at midnight, I immediately went to see Olivier for a 1 a.m. fitting, and we literally cut skirts in half, created tops from dresses, and stayed up until 4 a.m. to get the perfect option that we felt fit the theme,” she said, adding, “The good news is, I still have all the other pieces, so I can wear them for future events. What a dream come true!!!”
The Wests are loyal members of the Balmain army. Most recently, the rapper incorporated the Fall/Winter ’16 range into his “Wolves” music video starring ‘Ye, Vic Mensa, Sia and a slew of supermodels including, of course, Kardashian West.
– Karen Mizoguchi