Dear iDEALS, during my recent visit at the Villa Noailles, I was introduced to Léa Peckre, last years winner of Hyeres Festival.
Lea graduated with high distinction from The Ecole Nationale Des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in the fashion section and immidiately won the L'Oreal Great Professional Prize at the 25th festival of fashion and photography of Hyères in 2011 with her women collection called "Cimeteries are fields of flowers."
She earned her spurs at Jean-Paul Gaultier, Givenchy or Isabel Marant and she is now holding a position of artistic director of a leather goods brand which let us suggesting of a first commercial collection which will be presented in Paris for the Spring/Summer 2013 season.
LéaPeckre: I think that, subconsciously fashion is the perfect reflection of the love that I feel for classical danse and for musique, therefore I would say that everything began the day that I entered 'La Conservatoire' and then the rest of the story started in an unexpected fashion.
L.P: As I said I came into fashion by chance, today I am aware that it was my destiny but at eighteen years old I didn't realise it. I can't explain precisely but I think that it is a mixture of my education, the people I met, an amalgam of many things in fact.
F.M: How did you form the Léa Peckre heroine/the woman you dress? Who is this woman?
L.P: The woman I dress definitely has distinction and a majestic elegance . She is in harmony with herself and the clothes that I create for her lift her up and sculpt her, it is when a woman has confidence in herself that her grace is revealed.
L.P: Yes, happily, fashion never ceases to evolve even if sometimes it is not easy and can take quite some time. A recent example and to my mind a positive one that proves that fashion doesn't stay still : Raf Simons at Dior proves that the decision makers had the intelligence to turn towards modernity. As long as there are people who take risks, fashion will evolve,
I admit that this has been a rare thing recently but I am persuaded that we are at the start of a new era when it will be primordial to perturb this.
L.P: It is a huge challenge because in order to last you need not only a strong style but also a lot of capacity for hard work and also an enormous mental strength. In some ways a sort of drastic self discipline.
F.M: How important was for you, winning the Hyeres festival in 2011? L.P: At the time I had just finished my Masters degree at La Cambre, the Hyères Festival was the recognition and the recompense of my work during those five years.
F.M: Did it help you?
L.P: Yes, the prize enabled me to meet many wonderful people. It also gave me the energy to start my career as a professional designer. It opened a new door in my life as a designer.
L.P: Today I'm developing my own brand which will see the light soon I hope, at the last Hyères Festival I had the opportunity to present a foretaste of what I propose. The 'Capsule Collection' is actually on line on my website. Simultaneously I am creative director for a ligne of luxury bags for the new brand 'De Gris' which will appear next October.
F.M: What did you do yesterday? How was your day?
L.P: I returned from Hyère after many months of hard work....I slept, tidied up, slept some more and had dinner with my friends, it was great !
F.M: Your favorite song?
L.P: There are many but at the moment I would say I have a close feeling for the music that Glass Figure produced lor my fashion show at Hyères, "Stones" by Glass Figure, I will soon put it on line in my blog.
Credits Photo: NICOLAS KENGEN / Make up: FLORENCE SAMAIN / Model: NANOU VANDECRUYS / Art director: PIERRE DARAS / Design by LEA PECKRE