The 22nd annual Hyères Festival is a breeding ground for talented designers and photographers from all around the world to come together, chill out at a villa in the South of France, and show off some of the most innovative and exciting work out there. Thanks to Stylesight’s coverage of this wonderfully intimate event, you can see that this year was no exception. From Japan to Sweden, here are my four favs and their fabulous creations.
John Galliano had better watch his back. Japan’s Masataka Ohta’s collection was fierce, bizarre and be-hatted, much like Galliano’s recent work. Ohta even looks the part of a crazy designer, with an ayssemetrical haircut and intense personal style. I’m currently in love with his supercute and highly recommended website, soaksoaksoak.com
Love love love. My personal favorite from Hyeres was Great Britain’s Shiori Suzuki & Emi Sekiguchi, who desperately need to come up with a catchy name for their stunning joint designs so that they can become humungous and take over the world. These talented ladies seem to be influenced by the likes of Alexander McQueen and Gareth Pugh, albeit a tad more wearable, and their manipulation of fabric is absolutely masterful for such young designers.
Winner of the juried competition, Sweden’s Sandra Backlund focused on intricate, eye-catching knitwear inspired by inkblots. Why not? It’s amazing when a designer is able to take something so banal (that’s a SWEATER!) and make it into an extraordinary, almost unrecognizable creation. Backlund smartly left her models lower halves nearly bare, in order to let her jaw-droppingly crafted garments shine.
Belgium’s Peter Bertsch seems to have taken his cues from the Vermeer inspired Fall/Winter Louis Vuitton collection, with his gorgeously soft palate of grays, greens and oranges. Those gradient tights are some of the best hosiery I’ve ever seen. Overall, this collection reminds me of flowers, sculpted flowers I’d want to wear all around town with my new tights.
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