What’s your favorite look from the collection?
If I have to pick one look, It would be the rainbow dress. I love the way it mixes second degree and women’s shapes. Be fun and beautiful at the same.
Your models come from a very large diversity of artistic fields, how did you come up with the idea for this new kind of casting? Can you give us a briefing on what kind of things these models do other than walking around in your couture?
Live entertainment and Art in general inspire me a lot, that’s why it came to me quite naturally to work with people who come from different backgrounds. I chose to have the persons I love working with, or the ones I appreciate the work. I’ve met all of them during the past few years and all come from my personal circle or are work related. All that matters to me is that everyone bring their own touch to the look and express themselves through what they were wearing. That’s why i worked with models, dancers, artists, designers, stylists, contortionists, comedians and a drag queen. After all, it’s all about the attitude and self confidence isn’t it? You can be beautilful in so many ways !
The show itself was filled with energy and reminds me a little of the runway shows from the 80s and rambunctious 90s, is that a wish on your part?
You got it, the 80s inspired me a lot for Connes-sur-Mer, as many other designers. Back then, there was that incredible energy, craziness, that je-ne-sais-quoi that you can’t find on catwalks anymore. I wanted to bring it back to life! Back then, it felt like people didn’t take things too seriously; it was filled with freedom, jubilation, ludicrousness. Designers were striving to expand boundaries in order to find a new meaning for fashion and more generally society.
Did you learn anything new during lockdown?
I think that we all learned that we could actually change our way of living for the best; we understood that we do consume way too much, and that our planet is fragile. Circling back to the fashion industry – I believe that we do need to redefine the way it works to be in sync with this global wake up call. We have to think differently… starting now.
Feathers or Leathers?
Latex or Lace?
Surrealism or Impressionism?
Bonus: Just between the two of us (and a few thousand others), what was working with Jean-Paul Gaultier like? Any stories or impressions to share?
To be really honest, working for Monsieur was the best experience of my life. He taught me the most important parts of our job : having fun and trusting in what we believe in. I feel grateful to have learned how the fashion industry works alongside him and his amazing team!