S/S 12 Paris, FR
In the showroom of designers Ophelie Klere and Francois Alary of Dévastée.
CS: What was your vision, and your inspiration for the collection?
OPHELIE: “Devastee has many principles – codes – like black and white, shapes, very quite street, classical…and also very, very graphical pictures. So the inspiration more for this coll is about and started from a book with many, many letters of Andre Breton, the French surrealism artist. When he wrote to his daughter, Aube, so from “Lettres a` Aube”, and he sent many cards with landscapes from the South of Frances where he was spending all of his summers. So that’s the place where we have grown, so we have created dresses with big landscapes, and stuff like that. That’s the first point where we started from…After we add silver prints or silver touches, and many things.”
CS: That silver coat looked incredible on the runway, with the bodysuit underneath.
OPHELIE: Smiles. “We were looking into transparence, and different techniques of fabrics where you hide the threads and you get a kind of lace, but its not lace, its just an effect of the fabric.”
CS: Could you tell me more about the materials for the collection, is it mostly silk?
OPHELIE: “The collection is mostly silk for the summer, we wanted to keep the natural fabrics…the silver is not paint, it is the threads.”
CS: I loved the models that you chose, like the girl with the short blonde hair.
What did you think about when you were going into model casting?
FRANCOIS: “We wanted really girly models, very feminine. Because the concept of the collection is symmetries and the themes are quite hard with something that could be sad, so we wanted the girls to be very feminine and happy, and kind of joyful girls. It would not have been the same at all with gothic girls with black hair – it would be too much.”
CS: Our magazine is published in Asia. Are you selling in Asia yet, or do you plan to?
FRANCOIS: “Yes, most of our customers are in Asia.
Many in Japan, China, Taipei, Korea.”
“Hong Kong,” adds Ophelie.