Last night at the 30th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, the Fashion Jury exceptionally awarded not one, but two main prizes in the fashion category. German womenswear designer Annelie Schubert took the major prize - a grant of 15,000 euros, as well as a collaborative project with Chanel’s Métiers d’Art.
A graduate of Hamburg University of Applied Science and a former intern of Haider Ackermann’s, Schubert set out to explore ‘female expression” in her collection, working with sensual fabrics to create an elegant and layered look. “I thought it was going to be a difficult decision but finally when we met this morning it was quite unanimous: we liked Annelie’s use of colours, material and her sense of femininity,” said Fashion jury president Virginie Viard.
Dutch designer Weike Sinnige walked away with the bonus runner-up prize of 5000 euros, and she will also have the rarefied opportunity to collaborate with Lesage. “She is a real artist — she paints — and we felt that she would really benefit from an experience with Lesage,” Viard said of Sinnige, whose spirited collection, inspired by the kaleidoscope, played with perspective and colour.
Annelie Schubert womenswear collection / photo © Grégoire Alexandre
Dutch photographer Sjoerd Knibbeler was awarded first prize in photography - valued at 15,000 euros - at the 30th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères last night.
Over the past two years Knibbeler’s work has been concerned with aerodynamics, as he set out to capture the power of natural forces through his lens by manipulating the materials featured in his photographs. His surreal, yet undoctored images caught the attention and admiration of the jury early on. “His work was so interesting as he was photographing the wind, something that we cannot touch, and the way he used light was really beautiful”, said Photo jury president Eric Pfrunder after the presentation.
As with the fashion prize this year, the jury exceptionally created an additional prize for photography to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the festival. Greek photographer Evangelia Kranioti, whose interest in anthropology led her across the high seas, documenting the travels and intimacies of sailors around the world, was awarded 10,000 euros.
Photo © Sjoerd Knibbeler, Pays-Bas / Netherlands "P. 170", The Paper Planes, 2014
Headlining a Master Class held in the framework of the 15th edition of the International Textile and Fashion Conferences at the Hyères Festival, Karl Lagerfeld stressed that, for the fashion designers of tomorrow, nothing is ever set in stone. “It all depends on what the person who sets out to become a creative, couturier or photographer really wants and is capable of,” he replied to fashion critic Godfrey Deeny, who moderated the event.
Addressing the room, and the Festival Jury, Karl Lagerfeld walked the audience through his various sources of inspiration, his career and passions, dishing out tips for the rising stars spotted at the Festival. “I draw as I photograph: quickly,” he said. “No set formula exists that one can rely on throughout one’s entire career. I’m still not sure if I was made for this career, nor where my talent comes from. I do know, however, that I never stopped improving. Today I don’t waste any time bringing my visions to life.”
For much of the class, the audience got to hear about Karl Lagerfeld’s approaches to drawing and photography. “Let’s just say that, as a couturier, I have always been interested in photography, be it film or digital… We can’t compare the two, just as it would be impossible - and pointless - to compare two life cycles,” he affirmed.
Photo by Anne Combaz