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At Balmain L.A. Bash, Skirts Were Skimpy And Shirts Optional

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Hailee Steinfeld and Olivier Rousteing at the Balmain Beats by Dre Party

Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing and his famous friends celebrated the opening of the French house's first ever West Coast boutique.

Skirts were skimpy and shirts optional at Thursday night’s blowout bash to celebrate the opening of the first Balmain boutique in Los Angeles.

Guests were dropped off on Shadow Hill Way in Beverly Hills (“what’s this party for, again?” was one choice comment heard among the tanned, toned, barely legal crowd), then shuttled up to the 10,000 square foot private home, in all its '80s excess glory.

Some were whispering the manse had once belonged to Michael Jackson, which would have been fitting considering how much inspiration Balmain has taken from the late King of Pop's costumes. But alas, it wasn't true, apparently.

Balmain designer and party animal Olivier Rousteing held court in the garden out back, touring guests through two Beats by Dre experiences with mirrored set pieces, palms and cactus creating desert and safari vibes, and the new Balmain-branded headphones on offer for a test listen (and photo op, naturally).

Rousteing’s muse, Kim Kardashian, was the queen of the night, dressed in a bra top and clinging skirt, struggling to walk even a step through the fishbowl of fans looking to take selfies with her.

Kerry Washington, Kate Bosworth, Jillian Jacobs, Hailee Steinfeld and Jaimie King were also wandering the grounds and ornate statuary, along with a beautiful array of music makers, bloggers and YouTubers including Cameron Dallas, Andrew Taggert and Alex Pall of the Chainsmokers, Halsey, Aimee Song and Garance Dore, as well as Hollywood children-of, Ireland Baldwin (Alec Baldwin is her daddy), and a shirtless Cordell Broadus (Snoop Dogg is his).

Even more beautiful people — actual professional fashion models, that is — descended the grand staircase wearing looks from the Balmain Resort 2018 collection, and draped themselves on the banisters long enough for everyone to get their Insta Stories. Then, a little after 10:30 p.m., Migos took the mic and the dancing got crazy.  

 

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