Hyères Fashion Festival Toasts 2019 Finalists

PARIS — It smelt like spring at the French Culture Ministry on Wednesday night.
The entire reception room of the institution had been covered with fragrant sprigs of mimosa, the yellow-budded flower generally associated with the French Côte d’Azur, in honor of a cocktail celebrating the 34th edition of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography, set to take place from April 25 to 29 at the Villa Noailles in Hyères.
After an energetic performance by DJ Hervé and dance collective I Could Never Be a Dancer, Jean-Pierre Blanc and Pascale Mussard, respectively director and president of the Hyères Festival, officially unveiled the three jurys who will be judging the finalists of the 2019 edition of the competition.
As reported by WWD on Wednesday, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, creative director of Chloé, will preside over the fashion jury. Jewelry designer Charlotte Chesnais will head the jury for the festival’s accessories prize, sponsored by Swarovski and now in its third year. Meanwhile, Craig McDean will take the lead for photography.
The three jury presidents went on to unveil the 10 finalists in each category. “We made sure there was a real diversity of representation amongst the finalists,” said Ramsay-Levi, “both in terms of propositions and nationalities.”
Chosen from the 300 entries received

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EXCLUSIVE: Natacha Ramsay-Levi to Head Fashion Jury at Hyères Festival

BEGINNER’S LUCK: Natacha Ramsay-Levi, creative director of Chloé, is to preside over the fashion jury of the 34th edition of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography, set to take place from April 25 to 29, WWD has learned.
Jewelry designer Charlotte Chesnais will head the jury for the festival’s accessories prize, sponsored by Swarovski and now in its third year. Meanwhile, Craig McDean will take the lead for photography.
Ramsay-Levi said it would be her first time attending the festival, and she looked forward to establishing a dialogue with the candidates.
“I have no lessons to give. I believe that everyone has their own journey and there are many different ways to create fashion. All I can do is try to encourage the values I believe in, such as sincerity and hard work. In order to go the distance and say something meaningful, you need to work hard and be exacting,” she told WWD.
She picked her jury to represent all the facets of the business that a designer needs to deal with, from retailers and graphic designers to editors and brand ambassadors.
It includes Charlotte Casiraghi; Guillaume Houzé, director of image and patronage of Groupe Galeries Lafayette; Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak of graphic design

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Chanel Métiers d’Art to Expand Presence at Hyères Festival

HYÈRES HYÈRES: The luxury brands have been steadily moving in on the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography, and for the next edition in April 2019 expect a bigger presence from Chanel Métiers d’Art.
The festival in April featured an exhibition of Maison Lemarié creations produced in collaboration with the house’s artistic director, Christelle Kocher, who also presided over the accessories jury. But for next time, “We’re working on a project that will involve all 12 of the Chanel Métiers d’Art houses,” said festival founder Jean-Pierre Blanc, who recently opened the call for entries for 2019. Candidates have until Dec. 21 to apply. Blanc, who at the event’s last edition bemoaned the dearth of anglophone candidates, said Fabio Piras, MA fashion program course director at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, will attend the next festival.
In terms of signatures versus France’s other high-profile fashion prizes like the LVMH Prize and ANDAM, Hyères has always been about spotlighting young talents straight out of school, he said. Past Hyères festival winners include Paco Rabanne’s Julien Dossena, Viktor & Rolf’s Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren and Saint Laurent’s Anthony Vaccarello. Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh, who since scooping the main fashion prize

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Buzzy Antwerp-Based Duo Wins Hyères Prize

HYÈRES, France — It’s the ultimate love story, with designer couple Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh scooping the Première Vision Grand Prize at the 33rd edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography.
Winning over a jury headed by Haider Ackermann with their playful yet politically charged men’s wear collection, “Fish or Fight,” of the 10 finalists, Botter and Herrebrugh were the most established.
The Amsterdam-based men’s wear brand since launching for spring 2017 counts eight points of sale, including H. Lorenzo in Los Angeles. It presented as part of the VFiles show at New York Fashion Week in September 2016, and is also one of nine finalists competing for this year’s LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. Winning Hyères may prove a bittersweet moment for the designers as it may impact their chances of being selected for the LVMH Prize.
Botter and Herrebrugh are based in Antwerp, but grew up in the island of Curaçao  and the Dominican Republic, respectively, with Caribbean style the main inspiration for their work. Herrebrugh, 28, studied fashion at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, while Botter, 32, graduated with a master’s from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts last June.
Inspired by the Caribbean locals, “the people

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Details of Groupe Galeries Lafayette’s Champs-Elysées Flagship Teased at Hyères Festival

SHOP TALK: A store design by an experimental architect — Denmark’s Bjarke Ingels — who has never before worked on a retail project; Instagram-friendly features and a team of sales assistants — “exciting personalities” embracing the “new Parisian” — trained to engage with customers on a seamless journey around the store. Even the fitting rooms will have something to say.
Those were some of the details from Groupe Galeries Lafayette’s soon-to-open Avenue des Champs-Elysées flagship shared by Nadia Dhouib and Clara Cornet — respectively the site’s general manager and creative and merchandising director — during a talk at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography on Friday.
The 97,000-square-foot store, which represents around one-tenth of the Galeries Lafayette Boulevard Haussmann mothership, or the equivalent of one floor, is set to open at the end of the year in a former bank building on the famed avenue.
Don’t expect any screens, though.
“We spent so many hours and months thinking about the technology aspect and came to the conclusion that we don’t want any screens. People don’t go to a store to play with screens, but we did think about digitizing the staff and helping them to have this attitude of a concierge or personal stylist, giving

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Vanessa Schindler Wins Hyères Prize

MATERIAL GIRL: Vanessa Schindler scooped the Première Vision Grand Prize at the 32nd edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography.
The 29-year-old Swiss designer, who recently completed a master’s degree in fashion at the Geneva University of Art and Design, impressed a jury headed by Maison Schiaparelli style director Bertrand Guyon with her innovative textile research.
The designer also won the event’s Public and City of Hyères award.
Schindler on her neo-chic, cinematic silhouettes combined synthetic, interiors-inspired materials with urethane, a chemical resin that joins fabrics together when it dries, which she used to replace hems on garments and for ornamentation based on wavy, abstract patterns and plant-like motifs.
Key silhouettes in her women’s wear collection — “Urethane Pool, Chapitre 2” — included a synthetic fur coat edged with urethane trims, a lilac dress in fake velour with cape sleeves, and a cotton sweatshirt with organic urethane inserts. The collection’s showpiece was an Elsa Schiaparelli-worthy brown urethane gown worked with 3-D molded shell and garter snake motifs.
Among inspirations, the designer cited the interiors of the recently demolished, spiral-shaped Bavinger House — completed by architect Bruce Goff in Norman, Okla., in the U.S. in 1955, and considered one of the earliest examples of modernist biomimicry —

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Hyères Festival Adds Accessories Prize With Swarovski

PARIS — The Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography will feature a new competition this year, a prize for fashion accessories sponsored by Swarovski.
Ten young designers will be invited to show micro-collections of handbags, footwear, jewelry, hats and sunglasses in a new space at the Villa Noailles, organizers of the festival said Monday.
Now in its 32nd year, the Hyères festival has been a launchpad for major fashion designers including Viktor & Rolf, Anthony Vaccarello and Julien Dossena. This will be the first time the festival has hosted a competition for accessories.
The ten finalists — whose names will be revealed during Paris couture week in late January — will receive support from Swarovski and Première Vision in the creation of their collections for the festival. Fashion-focused video studio Psycho-PH will create a film about the designers’ work to be projected before the runway shows at the festival.
During the festival the designers will have the chance to present their collections in private meetings with members of the jury before staging a joint exhibition that will be open to the public.
The competition’s final winner will be awarded a prize of 15,000 euros, or $ 15,858, paid by Swarovski.
For Nadja Swarovski, a member of the crystal goods and

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Galeries Lafayette Taps Hyères Finalist for Capsule Line

NEW FACE: French department store chain Galeries Lafayette has tapped Louis-Gabriel Nouchi, a finalist in the 2014 edition of the Hyères Festival, to design a 15-piece capsule collection for fall set to go on sale on Sept. 23.
The collection is made up of minimalistic looks in bright colors that use abstract patterns and oversized volumes to mix feminine and masculine codes.
“The idea was to have that masculine-feminine ambivalence, on one side a very masculine woman who becomes even more feminine like that I think, and on the other side a man playing with the feminine codes without being ridiculous. It’s about the right balance between the two,” Nouchi said in a YouTube interview.
“I also really like color, because I think it’s the field in which we can try new combinations, new proportions,” he explained.
A graduate of La Cambre, Nouchi was spotted at the Hyères Festival, which Galeries Lafayette has sponsored for eight years. Recently, the retailer recruited young design duo Marius et Léonie to create a capsule collection for its Version Originale private label. It has also supported the ANDAM prize since 2003.

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Karl Lagerfeld Tapped for Hyères Festival

The designer is to handle artistic direction, with Chanel studio head Virginie Viard as president of the fashion jury.

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