From 25 to 28 April 2014
Exhibitions until May 25th
THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FASHION AND PHOTOGRAPHY AT HYÈRES, LED SINCE ITS CREATION IN 1985 BY JEAN-PIERRE BLANC AND PRESIDED OVER BY DIDIER GRUMBACH SINCE 1997, IS RESPONSIBLE EACH YEAR FOR UNITING AND INTRODUCING TEN FASHION DESIGNERS AND TEN PHOTOGRAPHERS, UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF JURIES REPRESENTATIVE OF BOTH FIELDS.
THIS YEAR, THE FASHION JURY IS PRESIDED OVER BY CAROL LIM AND HUMBERTO LEON, THE CREATIVE DIRECTORS OF KENZO.
© Sebastian Kim
In 2002 the American designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon co-founded Opening Ceremony, in New York, and in July 2011 they were appointed as the creative directors of KENZO. The strong friendship shared by this creative duo dates back to their student years at UC Berkeley where they met. Carol Lim and Humberto Leon first gained recognition at Berkeley, early in 2000, and then again by creating Opening Ceremony, a New York fashion boutique relayed via the Internet. In parallel to their numerous personal prêt-à-porter designs and accessories, they have both been responsible for multiple collaborations and project launches with other labels and designers, which are always greatly anticipated. Since the beginning, Carol and Humberto have been unhesitating in challenging fashion habits and in conceiving new methods of design, all in order to offer the public with unprecedented energy, creativity and enjoyment. Today, they are both enthralled by the KENZO spirit, which they perceive as a lifestyle in its own right. This Parisian label has been immediately immersed in the wealth of their creativity and their mission is to regenerate its spirit and energy. The originality of the patterns and prints, the bright colours, the diversity of different musics and cultures, are all key forces behind this label’s revival. KENZO’s new dynamic world aims for a universality which will seduce men and women of all ages.
AS FOR THE PHOTO JURY, THIS WILL BE PRESIDED OVER BY THE BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHER STEVE HIETT.
© Jean-Baptiste Mondino
He wanted to become a painter, then a musician; but a photographer? Steve Hiett had not predicted this. Following an education in Art and Graphic Design, not forgetting his time spent on stage with his group The Pyramid, during the Swinging London years, Steve Hiett became, due to an unfortunate accident (he was electrocuted on stage), a tutelary figure in the world of fashion photography and artistic direction. Indeed, it was when deprived of his Fender that he started to photograph his group on tour, followed by other musicians, including Jimi Hendrix. Then came collaborations with the magazines Nova and Queen, as well as British Vogue, followed in the 1970s by Vogue Paris, Elle and Marie Claire, with whom he shared a long and prolific collaboration. Steve Hiett’s career path is like the cable attached to his Fender, which he has never abandoned: it echoes the riffs of life, devoid of any predestined route or career plan, instead taking instinct as its guide. Some will recognize the signature style that he developed in the 1980s: over saturated images, off-centre framing, dazzling flash work. The Hyères festival, which will present the first major exhibition of his work, will bring to light some of the unsung aspects of his photography, in order to re-establish the full scope of an oeuvre which represents an essential milestone in the history of contemporary fashion photography. Steve Hiett lives in Paris where he continues to work as a photographer for fashion (notably for Vogue Italy) and advertising.
Moments from the jury selection, Photography Filep Motwary ©
The fashion jury, chaired this year by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, Creative Directors of KENZO, met in Paris on January 22 to select 10 candidates for the final competition (+ 312 files received from 55 nationalities, 45 preset). They were surrounded by: Carol Song Head Buyer at Opening Ceremony, American actress Chloe Chevigny, Jay Massacret Editor in chief for V Man, Eric Wilson Fashion News Director for American InStyle magazine among other personalities that will join the team during the Festival.
The Jury selected ten young designers from eight different nationalities.
The photography of the contestants is by TheStimuleye © and the set design by Mathilde Nivet
Ukraine, collection femme
The Netherlands, collection femme
France, collection femme
Pays-Bas, collection homme
Estonia, collection femme
Japan, collection femme
France, collection femme
Austria, collection femme
Belgium, collection homme
Latvia, collection homme
The creations of the selected candidates will be presented in three identical fashion shows and will be open to professionals and the public.
The Villa Noailles team would like to thank.
The House of KENZO and all Jury Members.
Maïda Boina-Gregory Artistic Director for fashion, design, set and scenography for the fashion show.
Raphaëlle Stopin Photography Curator
Sélection consultant : Filep Motwary
Photography : The Stimuleye
Décor : Mathilde Nivet
Shoes : Pierre Hardy, KENZO
Hair : Fred Teglia assisted by Kevin
using L’Oréal Professionnel products
Maquillage : Yannis Siskos
Models : Katharina Haus | Nathalie, Robert Laby | Success, Caroline Farneman | Oui