The prestigious Hyères Festival de Mode et de Photographie, the French annual celebration of fashion and photography, named its 10 finalists for 2014. 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 more of this year’s finalists below (and be sure to see who we introduced you to in the past HERE and HERE). They 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 …
The Fashion Law - How old are you and where are you from?
I'm 26 and I'm from Paris, France. It's been like 5 years that i'm living in Bruxelles, Belgium.
The Fashion Law - Tell me a bit about your background in fashion.
I've done a lot of things before doing a Fashion school, because even if I knew that I wanted to do that, I was really afraid by this environment. So, I spent 2 years of medicine studies and received a bachelor in law. I decided to do fashion after an internship at Vogue in Paris. They advised me of some schools, and La Cambre was in their selection. I was lucky to be selected because I didn't know how to stitch a buttons before!
I've done a lot of internship during my studies. At first it was an obligation for school, but I also did them because I wanted to be as prepared as I could before finishing my studies. I've done an internship in leather technique, shoes accessories with Joachim de Callatay, and I've just finished a 6 month internship at Raf Simons.
The Fashion Law - What was it like working with Raf?
It was really a lesson to work with all of the people at Raf. I've discovered and improved all of the things that I didn't know before finishing school. We are not prepared for all of the commercial aspects in fashion. Also I've never meet people as gentle and perfectionist as the people at Raf. I hope I'll be able to translate all of this knowledge in my work.
The Fashion Law - Why is being a finalist for the Hyeres prize important to you?
Being selected at hyeres is a dream, it's still sounds very surreal for me. I think I'm gonna realized it when I'm there! It's important because it's a huge opportunity to show my work to professionals from various aspects of the industry, and also I'm really looking forward to meeting all of the other finalists. I already know Pablo and Ann but I'm super enthusiastic to meet all the others.
The Fashion Law - What are you obsessed with right now?
I'm obsessed by tacky sportswear right now lol