Peter Do – Policy Of Truth
Do’s exquisite tailoring, which sometimes exposes its inner working, is elegant and genderless. Intricate and contemporary, his pieces create a strong silhouette, which feels urban but chic at the same time. In this exclusive interview, he talks about dealing with the pressures of running a small business, the odd sensation of becoming famous, and why he likes to be completely involved. Interview by Philippe Pourhashemi.
Back to Dirt. An Aléa Interview
A variety of brands and companies are marketing their approach to sustainable practices and the meaning of the term ‘sustainability’ has become blurred and inconsistent. The researcher and designers Miriam Josi and Stella Lee Prowse are proposing an alternative discourse and practice to this tendency. Here they explain their work for their studio Aléa and suggest how research practices and experimentation in material production can be a response to the current fashionability of discourses about sustainability. Interview by Marco Pecorari.
Dematerialising Fashion: Is Screen Wear the New Streetwear?
As the events of 2020 and 2021 forced the closure of physical spaces and compelled many of us to stay at home, the Metaverse emerged as a place we could still dress up for and go to. Fashionistas sought solace on virtual domains, and the Metaverse quickly found a new following in the world of fashion. And when real-life fashion events got cancelled during the lockdowns, virtual influencers and Metaverse stakeholders opened online boutiques, staged virtual catwalk shows and invited avatars to digital hang-outs. Words by Bradley Quinn.
Nensi Dojaka – Soft Power
Winning the LVMH Prize can catapult you to stardom within weeks, which is precisely what happened to Nensi Dojaka in 2021. The Albanian designer, who works and lives in London, has already managed to craft her own signatures within a few collections, and an invitation to her shows, which she presents during London Fashion Week, has become as desirable as her intricate designs. Interview by Philippe Pourhashemi.
BOTTER – In Complete Harmony
However different and distinct each partner may be from another within a long-term relationship, creative couples generate a unique energy around them, which often leaves a strong and long-lasting impression. That’s precisely the case with Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter whose bond is so real it’s almost palpable. Interview by Philippe Pourhashemi.
Jan-Jan Van Essche & Pietro Celestina
Jan-Jan Van Essche, who is Antwerp-based and launched his eponymous brand in 2010, is clearly an example of someone who has invested his clothing with intimate and personal meanings, reflected in his ongoing collaboration with his partner Pietro Celestina. In fact, the word ‘collaboration’ does not do justice to the fact that both men pretty much spend their whole time together, even though Pietro has Atelier Solarshop to focus on, a beautifully curated retail space he launched with Jan-Jan in Antwerp in 2008. Interview by Philippe Pourhashemi.
Giuliva Heritage – We Two Are One
If creative partnerships are always intriguing, couples who live and work together tend to fascinate us more. The ultimate fusion of private and professional, those duos are indeed special and rare, especially when they last in a transient industry like fashion. For Margherita Cardelli and her husband Gerardo Cavaliere, there are in fact no separations in life, and Giuliva Heritage is their own fashion creation. Interview by Philippe Pourhashemi.
The Appeal Of Commitment. Interview with Mohamed Khattabi
A new generation of fashion lovers craves meaning and values, as opposed to vacant buzz and meaningless clothes. It’s refreshing to listen to Paris-based designer Mohamed Khattabi, who launched his own brand Reward if Found last year, talking about the kind of fashion he loves, which fuses concept and intellect with politics and raw emotion. Interview by Philippe Pourhashemi.
Lust For Life. Interview with Michel Gaubert
Michel Gaubert’s job is to create unique soundtracks for fashion shows or films, and some of them are quite memorable. Think of early 1990s Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, or more recent offerings for Loewe by Jonathan Anderson and Moschino by Jeremy Scott. Whether it be catchy, ironic, fun – or more on the conceptual side – Gaubert can craft any type of sound that will enhance, reflect and complement a designer’s vision. Interview by Philippe Pourhashemi.
A Matter Of Taste. Interview with Lou De Bètoly
Berlin-based French designer Lou de Bètoly belongs to an exciting wave of talents questioning the status quo, as well as looking for new ways to create collections beyond the usual calendars, while making them playful, unique, sustainable and smart at once. Interview by Philippe Pourhashemi