TALES OF COTTON: Walking up the stairs of the Hôtel de Talleyrand, a grandiose building overlooking the Place de la Concorde in Paris, guests suddenly found themselves surrounded by a field of cotton plants — an arresting sight not quite in keeping with the gilded ceilings and marble fireplaces.
The installation was put together by cotton organization Supima as part of the second edition of its Supima Design Lab, an event both celebrating innovative uses of cotton in garment creation and spotlighting young fashion talent.
Guests milled through the rooms to discover the looks created by five established fashion designers using Supima cotton. Guy Laroche creative director Richard René was one of the designers picked to take part in the project, alongside Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh of Botter, Lutz Huelle, Martin Grant, Rahul Mishra and Maison Chateigner.
Silhouettes created by Botter, Lutz Huelle, Guy Laroche, Martin Grant, Rahul Mishra and Maison Chateigner.
“I chose to create a silhouette made of denim, which was something quite new for Supima,” said René, gesturing to his boxy denim shift dress in which gigantic holes were perforated. “I wanted something raw and simple, but when it comes to fashion, simplicity is actually harder to achieve than
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