To celebrate this year’s Innovators programme, our annual initiative championing emerging designers and providing crucial support and mentoring, we bring you a…
Another of our exclusive conversations between a MATCHESFASHION Innovator and an established designer saw the reunion of Balmain’s #OlivierRousteing and his former intern #LudovicdeSaintSernin. Throughout their charming conversation in Balmain’s Paris atelier, they discuss everything from working with the #Kardashians to gender-neutrality in fashion. See more at MATCHESFASHION.
‘I think, given the fact that we both use our names as our brand names, we don’t have a lot to hide behind,’ says designer and MATCHESFASHION Innovator #ThebeMagugu as part of his conversation with menswear designer #MartineRose. Read more from their conversation at MATCHESFASHION.
Raised in Kimberley, South Africa, #ThebeMagugu’s early memories are of the women in his family, who would gather around new clothes to discuss where and how they would wear them. London-born designer #MartineRose’s interest in fashion was born out of rave culture and watching her siblings and cousins getting ready for a night out. Read the duo’s captivating conversation at MATCHESFASHION.
‘I am more attached to the memories that a dress brings rather than the dress itself. If I must pick one, I’d say the black bondage gown I wore with Gianni to The Met Gala in 1992.’ Donatella Versace speaks to designer Michael Halpern about her most cherished piece of clothing. Read more from our Innovator pairings at MATCHESFASHION.
‘It’s all about observing how men move in their clothes. I’m still surprised every day by the way normal people interpret fashion… My research lives in my phone and I’m always taking quick pictures of objects, artwork and notes.’ #BiancaSaunders shares what inspires her with MATCHESFASHION.
‘I’ve always wanted to express creativity through many forms, not just fashion,’ says designer and MATCHESFASHION Innovator #BiancaSaunders. ‘I prefer to be thought of as an “artist” and I want to keep expanding my brand beyond just ready-to-wear.’ See more from the label at MATCHESFASHION.
MATCHESFASHION Innovators Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena-Irons of #ChopovaLowena juxtapose Bulgarian tradition with 1980s rock-climbing tropes – note their signature bruchnik- inspired skirt – to create eclectic ready-to-wear using upcycled textiles and folkloric craftsmanship.
#LudovicDeSaintSernin previously worked at #Balmain under the watchful eye of #OlivierRousteing. The French designers minimalism is layered with a gender-fluid approach nodding to his lived experience and cultural references from ballet to erotica. Discover more at MATCHESFASHION.