Recently, a video was uploaded to the official ATEEZ YouTube account that showed a behind-the-scenes look at Hongjoong‘s time at a Balmain presentation in Paris last month that he was invited to by fashion designer Olivier Rousteing himself.
Given that fashionista Hongjoong has named Olivier as one of his fashion icons before, being personality invited to the intimate event was a wonderful opportunity for the ATEEZ leader, and he was thankful to fans who helped him get recognized by the French designer.
“thank you so much for making my days and for making me too”
hongjoong thanked atinys for always talking about him and ateez because it gives them so many opportunities to do new things. he is the sweetest
— winnie ◡̈ (@hongteezer) March 2, 2023
And not only was he recognized by Olivier, but the fashion designer had praise to give Hongjoong! The two were able to meet during the event, where Olivier shared that the K-Pop idol gives him inspiration to make new collections whenever Hongjoong wears Balmain clothing.
Olivier Rousteing to Hongjoong: “Anytime you wear Balmain, you just make me more inspired to create more collections. I saw few interviews of you when you were mentioning Balmain and I spoke with all my team and I said I wished you can come to a show and discover the collection” pic.twitter.com/lGlKVJ9Mme
(@zhouang) March 31, 2023
hongjoong went from reforming his clothes to olivier rousteing telling him he inspires him for his balmain collections :(( pic.twitter.com/4kNevd2Q6K
— Nina hj muse (@bya_nina) March 31, 2023
olivier rousteing said our hongjoong inspired him and said
“im doing it my way. just creating a collection with the power of passion and the power of what you believe in. revolution, you know?”
yeS HE KNOWS
balmain are just so ateez coded omg this was so fated pic.twitter.com/FA9KoxMHNk
— ʚ ⩜⃝ ɞ xikers debut (๑`^´๑) (@mylifeisyuyu) March 31, 2023
This really is like a dream come true for ATEEZ’s “Balmain Boy”!
seonghwa said hongjoong likes it when ateez’s members call him “balmain boy” :(( pic.twitter.com/JkiweBen5U
— Nina hj muse (@bya_nina) March 22, 2023
ATINYs are so proud and happy for this accomplishment that Hongjoong has achieved.
WORLDWIDE ICON KIM HONGJOONG!!
so proud of you captain!! #hongjoongxbalmain
(@majestichwa) March 31, 2023
HE’S KIM HONGJOONG EVERYONE , ATEEZ SUPERSTAR
— shemei ★ (@ABOUTJ00NG) March 31, 2023
So proud of our little star
— // saw atz // (@secretiny8) March 31, 2023
So sincere. love Olivier and hongjoong.. such mutual respect
rosiextt (@RosaliaRosewood) April 1, 2023
(@SeonghwaSimp96) March 31, 2023
We can’t wait to see what Hongjoong shares with the world in his fashion journey next!