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 …
Austria-based Roshi Porkar recently graduated from the University of Applied Art in Vienna, where she showed a final collection (some of which is pictured below) is based on a series of small, 4,000-year-old female stone statuettes known as the "Bactrian Princesses", using leather, wool and faux fur to create a series of floor-length dresses, roomy trousers and decadent overcoats, many of which are layered and belted. Porkar, who is quite shy, agreed to share a bit of insight with us about her career this far and the Hyeres Prize.
The Fashion Law - How old are you and where are you from?
I'm 25 and was born and raised in Vienna, Austria.
The Fashion Law - Tell me a bit about your background in fashion.
I went to the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. My professors were Véronique Branquinho and later on Bernhard Willhelm. Some of the professional experience I have gained already was in New York as an assistant to the stylist and creative director of Interview Magazine, Karl Templer, and I am doing an internship at Lanvin in Paris.
The Fashion Law - Do you feel like you've started to build your own brand yet?
No. I don't really have a brand, yet ... :)
The Fashion Law - Why is being a finalist for the Hyeres prize important to you?
I'm just really happy to be part of it and to be able to share my work with an amazing platform.
The Fashion Law - What are you obsessed with right now?
Duran Duran's "The Chauffeur".