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August 27 2014

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2 posts tagged "Études Studio"

Études Sings the Blues

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If you’re going to base a men’s line and each of its collections on a color, as is the MO of the French label Études, blue is a nice way to go. Think of all the gradients with subtly evocative names it affords: azure, cobalt, bleu de France, periwinkle, cyan, navy, cerulean, and the label’s signature, electric blue.

All of those shades and more appeared in Études’ Spring ’15 collection, a blend of tailored, utilitarian, and athletic silhouettes rendered in solid and color-blocked cottons and tech fabrics. Color as concept—interesting. Thankfully, however, Études creative directors Aurélien Arbet and Jérémie Egry (the two others in the collective are designer José Lamali and book publisher Nicolas Poillot) injected a few other hues into the mix: black, gray, white, and a sharp canary yellow that helped bring it all into focus.

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That the runway show was held in a garage and motorcycle showroom is significant, because central to Études’ thinking for Spring—besides blue—was a masculine motocross vibe, highlighted with forward-leaning racing signage spelling out the words Conceptualism, Dadaism, Fauvism, and New Realism. Add to that cloche hats in blue felt; an ample use of the monogram É; and various prints, like allover machinery gears (created by Swedish artist Martin Lange), and you have a very busy collection, perhaps one element too busy. Still, a very thoughtful collection with an eye to the future. Many pieces will race off shelves.

2014 ANDAM Finalists Revealed

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This morning, ANDAM announced its 2014 Fashion Prize finalists. Fausto Puglisi, Iris van Herpen, Steven Tai, Rad Hourani, Yiqing Yin, Études Studio, and Jean-Paul Lespagnard will compete for the award, the winner of which will be announced in Paris this July. Last year’s prize was awarded to menswear youngblood Alexander Mattiusi, while other alums include Giles Deacon, Richard Nicoll, and Gareth Pugh. The ANDAM Fashion Prize, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, offers designers a 250,000 Euro prize, a yearlong business mentorship courtesy of Kering’s François-Henri Pinault, and 10,000 Euros of Swarovski crystals. Another trio of talents, Coperni, Gauchère and Monographie, are up for the 75,000 euros First Collections prize. “I am very honored to be apart of this year’s finalists. The ANDAM Award is one of the most globally recognized support for designers over the last 25 years. I am incredibly excited (and a bit nervous too!) to present my work to the jury,” offered Steven Tai. Speaking of the jury, this years judges include Ellen von Unwerth, Caroline de Maigret, Condé Nast France president Xavier Romatet, and Style.com’s own Nicole Phelps, among others. Have a gander at some of the finalists’ designs here.

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