“We are all some kind of magicians at the moment, we can create these perfect images of ourselves. There are two sides to the mirror in all of our realities, its can be quite exciting but also really lonely.”
Continuing in the spirit of brand founder and creative director, Laura Gauthier Petit continues to grow the identity of Paris based couture house, Fête Impériale.
Fête Impériale is part of a growing trend of young developing label redefining “savoir - faire” and locally made luxury devoted to “ slow fashion.” The collection entitled - La NARCISSE - is the celebration of a generational renaissance struggling to keep in the spirit of individualism through the ever- growing speedy nature of digital or avatar self representation in society.
The collection focusses on subjects that cross vanity, dress codes of the occult, kraft in quilting, witchcraft and online avatars.
“ We are all some kind of magicians at the moment, we can create these perfect images of ourselves. There are two sides to the mirror in all of our realities, its can be quite exciting but also really lonely.”
The collection opens with structured pieces almost constructed as protective layers, with oversized jackets and victorian sleeves with a nod to the personal style of french female writers including Simone de Beauvoir and Marguerite Duras . Couture techniques including padding, smocking and drape oversee the entire collection including the houses’ signature digital prints. Fabrics developed within the collection cross between the noble and synthetic including wool, silk and a coated vinyl.“ I wanted to work with the idea of surfaces, mirrors and sheen to reflect the notion of glamour. The word has celtic origins in essence, meaning to blind or create through light and reflection an opposing reality. Almost pulling the wool over someones eyes“
La Narcisse celebrates the illustration of self contemplation throughout 18th and 19th century paintings, literature and the spirit of the writer/poetderivative in french history. “I wanted to explore the values of the i - generation in terms of surface image and self indulgence. I studied aesthetics of laziness and auto contemplation. My message is to offer a haunting reminder that the issues we face today are ones not far off from history has already told, this collection certainly has a generational message.”
The collection situates itself in Paris, France and dives into a sense of independence and feminine alchemy that has existed throughout French history. Offering tailored pants, blouses and coats in noble fabrics including silk, wool and tweed offering a classical anti-sportswear attitude to female dress.
“ It would be nice to return to nobility in dress whilst celebrating life through poetic eyes. Paris really pushes for a state of permanence; the landscape seldom changes which in a way can be visually empowering in terms of structure, there is a hidden uniform and cynicism in Parisian attitude that I wanted to embrace whole heartedly. I want to bring in the obsession with detail and emotion. “
Laura Gauthier Petit