ENCENS n°29, 2012, photographed on Kate Moran by Sybille Walter, styling Samuel Drira
Focus on the F/W 2005 black collection of Veronique Branquinho, ENCENS n°16
Photgraphed by Sybille Walter & styled by Samuel Drira
Clothes by Matthew Ames
In ENCENS n°26, photographed by Sybille Walter and styled by Samuel Drira
‘I owe fashion editors a lot. It’s thanks to them that I more or less found myself on a pedestal. In their eyes I was a kind of iconoclast, who had broken with the vocabulary of haute couture, where dresses were synonymous with weeks of fittings and waiting’.
Interview in ENCENS n°27
‘When I started to create collections under my own name, all the women were wearing gypsy outfits. High street fashion revolved around an ample dress, tiered over a burlesque cascade of petticoats, peasant shirts, and other borrowings from Eastern folklore. That was back in 1978 and I had the impression that we were never going to see the end of it. This self-indulgence had become unbearable to me. And so my desire was to put some backbone into all of that. To offer a new structure of clothes. To return to fabrics of a beautiful quality’.
Interview in ENCENS n°25, photographed by Sybille Walter and styled by Samuel Drira
‘How absolutely wonderful it was being dressed in clean cotton and linen pants and shirts, how all of that felt in the summer…It seems that fabric was an important part of my childhood, as was color – they weren’t things I seemed to care about too much then, I only look back now and realize that I noticed them’. (Perry Ellis, in Vogue USA, august 1980, photography Richard Avedon and Alex Chatelain)
Photographed by Sybille Walter and styled by Samuel Drira, ENCENS n°23, spring 2009
‘He managed to reconcile with a surprising alchemy sportswear and an innate sense of fabric and cut. His treatment as evening of sheath dresses in a tracksuit jersey material and removed of all frills, symbolized wonderfully his ability to put in balance, an experimental approach, anticonformism, and a bare simplicity that was ultra-chic’.
in Notes on American Style, ENCENS n°23, spring 2009
photography François Halard, Vogue USA, september 1987