LONDON – Lockdown has solely made Stephen Jones fall extra in love with Paris, a metropolis that’s been a second residence for nearly 40 years following collaborations with Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Claude Montana and Azzedine Alaïa.
Jones isn’t making many cross-Channel journeys lately, however that hasn’t dampened his inventive impulse, or his love for France. The designer is participating in London’s digital vogue week, with a 15-minute movie that exhibits him, collectively along with his group, making the fall-winter 2021 assortment referred to as “French Kiss” – a salute to the nation’s female mystique.
“C’est mon amour de la France,” says the designer within the movie, the place he exhibits off trendy creations together with a Napoleonic bicorn with a gently undulating rim; a lineup of darkish roses arching gently over the nostril; a satin beret and delicate, feathery designs impressed by Audrey Hepburn in “My Honest Girl,” and the Bluebell dancers on the Lido in Paris.
The black-and-white pictures of Henry Clarke impressed one design that appears as if it’s able to fly away: it’s a black bowler hat with pheasant feathers like lightning bolts capturing from the edges. There are additionally trilbies sprinkled with raindrops, “prepared for a louche promenade within the Jardin de Tuileries,” and an high fashion velvet “croissant” for girls who contemplate meals to be simply as vital as vogue.
In an interview earlier than the movie’s screening, the cheeky Jones mentioned he was impressed by the concept of a girl making love bare, however nonetheless carrying a hat with attractive, quivering feathers.
“This assortment is extra concerning the Parisienne perspective that sure hats can provide you once you put them on. It’s the concept of France – the seduction, the attract – but it surely’s not too traditionally referenced,” mentioned the designer. “I’ve purchasers like Cardi B, and so they need an extravagant assertion.”
The palette is slim – black, pink and purple. ‘‘French stylish is carrying black. However when French stylish is getting undressed on the finish of the night to make love, perhaps (she’s) carrying pink and purple,” mentioned the designer.
In September, Jones will mark 25 years as directeur creation chapeau at Christian Dior, and is planning an occasion in France to mark his lengthy relationship with the nation.
Within the meantime, and regardless of lockdown, he’s urgent forward along with his Dior work over Zoom, and taking bridal orders from all over the world. “Most individuals delay their weddings till 2021, and we’ve been inundated with enquiries for bridal hats,” the designer confessed.