Stylish and comfortable outfitsChic. Cozy. Amandine Leforestier moved to the Designers' Village in the spring to deploy her ready-to-wear eponymous label founded in 2013. With natural fabrics - cotton, linen, wool ... - chosen for their texture, softness and strength, she imagines pieces with oversized but still fitted cuts. The asymmetrical designs, drapes, pleates, imagined as design objects whose function would be to dress the urban women, the travelers, the contemporary. A soft femininity the desire for wellness coupled with a minimalist elegance of Scandinavian inspiration.
A Fluid PantStraight, soft and immaculate in 100% cotton
Personally, I find these styles to be perfect layerings, as every outfit looks like a cocoon, that gently wraps a woman's body keeping her warm and elegant. The color palette is subdued, featuring grey, black and charcoal shades. Anyway, let me know what you think of these loose-fit sporty clothes.
The original prize, i.e. the grand prize, Talents de Mode, was awarded to Amandine Leforestier. Amandine hales from Normandy, she schooled at Cholet Mode and launched her own label in 2012 after several years of work in style offices. Her line of ready-to-wear combines comfort and femininity in Jersey, its flexible architecture is conceived as modern body wraps. With this prize, Amandine Leforestier wins, a check for 5,000 euros, a booth at the show Who's Next and a space in the Designers' Village for two years at a reduced rent.
A meeting at the village of creators in Lyon. Natural colors, gray, white, beige, linen; wood dresses the interior of her Lyon workshop. Amandine comes my way, smiling, warm, asked about the journey that I made from Annecy ... The same delicate touch is evident in her creations. Passionate about drawing since forever, the young woman followed studies of applied arts and found in textile, her favorite avenue of expression. "I love my fashion fabrics on a mannequin’s bust. It's intuitive! The drawings often come later and are more technical, more for installation." Her approach: carving the material to conform to the body in motion. "The idea of working with the dancers to present my first collection instead of a classic parade also comes from the desire to make the body the center, the garment moves and follows the subject."
Amandine has been working, for over ten years, for brands of ready-to-wear for the "general public", then ... snap! The fastfashion makes her reflect on our consumption. The call to discard what has just been acquired. To that point, she paused, leaving everything. She left for a trip that will take five months, that took her from Indonesia to Australia. Meetings, cultures, other philosophies ripen her desire for a timeless fashion, durable and essential. Do not follow or create micro-trends, breathlessly. As evidence, for her brand, she opts for "natural materials, pure and true colors, a nice base from lines and shapes ... A cozy chic style with endless possibilities." Its structured cuts, feminine and unprovoked give this the impression of intimacy and confidence found only amongst girlfriends. "I speak to women who know they are women, who no longer need to or want to demonstrate to the whole world, who just want to be good within themselves; appeased."
Born into a modest family, Amandine considers herself lucky to have been able to accelerate the realization of her dream through the Contest Talents de Mode in Lyon last year. As the laureate, the designer earns the privilege to work within the confines of the Designers' Village, to take advantage of support and advice from professionals in the management of her new brand and an exhibition at the Galeries Lafayette in Lyon. In short, she is preparing to fly on her own. And that's pretty well gone, her label is already broadcast in Amsterdam, Reunion and Paris. As for the next step in the dance, Amandine reveals the secret of a concentrated study of pleats and sensual color, "nude". The show continues.
She imagined a line of ready-to-wear in Jersey, comfortable and feminine. And recognition did not wait for this Normand who just moved to Lyon. First prize Talents de Mode 2013, it benefits from the support of the Creators Village of Lyon, which allowed her to open her boutique in September, in Lyon.
Why she chose this profession: Passionate about drawing since forever, I studied applied arts. I've discovered textiles and its multiple possibilities for expression. But before I launched my own brand of clothes, I first built a solid background in ready-to-wear.
The bad: The tenacity and constant energy that the world of fashion requires. We must constantly hold on and fight.
The good: The prize from Talents de Mode: huge recognition that came very quickly.
What do Stella Forest, Morgan Kirch, Chantal Thomass, Max Shaul, Andrea Waggione, Nathalie Chaize, Coupé Couzu, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Amandine Leforestier have in common? They all strolled Passage Thiaffait ... Once a year, fashion professionals and young designers come together in the Talents de Mode contest.
Winner of the "Eclat" prize, Amandine Leforestier left Paris to come to Passage Thiaffait where she offers her simple, minimalist collections: chic gray, in all its forms.
Originally from Normandy, Amandine now lives in and works in Lyon. The young artist has always been passionate about drawing. So it's natural that she headed for a BA in Applied Arts before moving into fashion BTS Styling enabling her to discover new territory: textiles.
“It's a wonderful tool. Wear it, touch it, handle it, build it, it is inexhaustible!”
For nearly a decade, she worked for various brands of ready-to-wear in Paris, but finally decided to create her own company in Lyon; she won the first prize of Talents de Mode in 2013. Amandine Leforestier designs a high-end brand of ready-to-wear for women, inspiration comes from everything that surrounds her: the architecture, but also the nature of Asian art. The young designer focuses on movement and fluidity to create a line of women's clothing in Jersey. She cleverly combines elegance, comfort and modernity. In her collections, the young designer seeks to combine art and fashion and uses especially uses techniques such as pleats and drapes to optimize the flow of clothing.
“I see my style as simple and contemporary that we can call cozy chic.”
Amandine manufactures soft pieces in neutral colors that can integrate with any and all styles of clothes. To prepare for a new collection, she researches her fabric and prepares a collection plan; through drawings, markings and prototyping by draping the fabric on a mannequin she finds the best design that is suitable for the fabric. Inspired by trends and innovative projects, Amandine did not hesitate to work with students in interior design, for her photo shoot, in order to frame her vision. She especially works with dancers to illustrate the focus of her in - exuberance in her clothes.
"The body is at the center of my work, dance allows me to illustrate this vision. That's why I chose to dance to present my first collection, not a catwalk.”
The creations of Amandine Leforestier are for a refined but natural wardrobe.