I was honored to have been chosen as one of twelve finalists for the young designer competition organized by the Talons Aiguilles association in Lille, France. Finalists were chosen based upon their portfolios containing sketches, fabric samples and technical drawings of three outfits: women’s ready-to-wear, men’s ready-to-wear, and haute couture. These outfits had to then be confectioned for a fashion show, which was held at the Palais de Beaux-Arts in Lille.
The prestigious jury included:
- Delphine Manivet, renowned for her wedding dress designs and her collaboration with Guerlain
- Chloe Points, London designer behind the label Allegra London
- Edouard Keller, the project manager of Entreprises de la Fédération Française du Prêt-à-porter féminin.
- Claire Mougenot, founder of the Luz Collection, socially responsable bathing suits
- And the surprise jurist was revealed the day before the show, Christian Lacroix !
Suspended above the city…it is on fire escapes that we can find a moment of relaxation. The noise from the city below, a light breeze – it’s in that moment where time stops and we can appreciate the tranquility.
For me, the theme Farniente Urbain is letting go of the hustle and bustle of city life, a pause, a moment in which time stops and allows the imagination to float towards the sky.
I was inspired by the fire escapes on apartment buildings found in large cities in the United States, including San Francisco and New York. With climbing ladders, small balconies on every floor and light scattered by the iron curls that decorate the facades, fire escapes are an integral part of this urban architecture. Anyone can find themselves here, sitting next to the window, drinking coffee and watching the crowd down below.
It’s not an escape from our metropolitan lifestyle. Rather it’s a different perspective that we get from being perched above. We climb higher to better appreciate the city below us.
March 24th, Palais de Beaux Arts, Lille – Concours de Jeunes Créateurs 2015, organized by the Talons Aiguilles Association, photography by Eric Maes and Sébastian Gras