The prestigious Hyères Festival de Mode et de Photographie, the French annual celebration of fashion and photography, has named its 10 finalists for 2014 last month. From an original selection of 312 applications, 45 candidates were selected of which a further 10 have now been invited to present at Villa Noailles for the Festival’s final competition in April. Meet a few of this year’s finalists below (who were selected by a jury lead by Kenzo’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, and includes: Carol Song, the Head Buyer at Opening Ceremony; Jay Massacret, Chief Editor of Fashion for VMan; Eric Wilson, Fashion News Director at InStyle; and actress x fashion designer, Chloe Sevigny) and stay tuned for our coverage of the Festival, which takes place from April 25th to 28th …
Latvia-born Agnese Narnicka studied in Milan designer before launching her unisex label, One Wolf, in 2009. She has since won multiple awards for her collection (the Baltic Fashion Award in 2010 and the Who's Next Blog Contest in 2011), which focuses heavily on the use of denim and the aims to introduce clothing that is large timeless and season-less.
The Fashion Law - How old are you and where are you from?
I am 32 and I am from Latvia.
The Fashion Law - Tell me a bit about your background in fashion.
I received an M.A. from the Latvian Art Academy in 2009. I have enriched my knowledge and experience in Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Italy, Milano. Since 2006, I have been focusing mainly on developing my own label.
The Fashion Law - Tell me a bit about your brand.
One Wolf creates Premium Jeanswear, based on innovative design. One Wolf lives by his own rules, creating models, which can be worn by both genders. One Wolf create designs that can be adapted to many situations in life, and live beyond individual seasons.
The Fashion Law - How do you think your brand is different from others?
My designs are very distinctive and easily recognisable by their lines and cut. My inspiration comes from lazy characters; for example, sleepyhead or friendly vagabond. I combine a variety of textures, searching for new forms and silhouettes. It is essential for me to emphasize the importance of contrariety - different volumes, compositions, shapes and lightness. One Wolf delivers the best quality and confidence in contemporary denim fashion. One Wolf's mission is more than just designing clothes that look and feel great. Rather, I seek to encourage alternative ways of thinking and empower a positive change and new experience by inspiring our community through fashion.
The Fashion Law - Why is being a finalist for the Hyeres prize important to you?
It provides an opportunity to show my creations to a wider audience and to get new contacts. Recognition is always enjoyable! I really appreciate this opportunity.
The Fashion Law - What are you obsessed with right now?
I am obsessed with my next collection "Otherland".