This year’s Fashion Show was not only be a pleasure for the eyes, the audience also experienced a new signature scent created by the famous perfume designer Jean Jacques, based on a brief developed by one of the PCA Fashion seniors. The students, in partnership with Takasago the global fragrance manufacturer formulated fragrance briefs that express the essence of their collections. Takasago generously produced a limited edition of the winning scent that was featured during the show.
The evening culminated with the presentation of the designer awards: M. Olivier Noyon presented the Lace Prizefrom the Dentelles Darquer on the project: Lace for a Man’s World, which was given to Solange Ting; TakasagoSenior Perfumer Jean Jacques, presented the award for the Best Signature Scent given to Marie-Nirina Metz. Finally the Golden Thimble 2016 prize for Best Degree Collection was awarded to Joyce Wu.
The five seniors: Xavier Thurston, Michelle Kim Row, Joyce Wu, Josefine Praest-Pedersen, and Marie-Nirina Metz, showed their collections that are the culminating work of their four-year program. Leading up to the show, the seniors’ collections were reviewed by a jury made up of leaders in the industry:
If the Turkish-born creative director of Dice Kayek, lives by a single motto, it would be “less is more”. Together with her sister, Ayse, Ege founded the Dice Kayek brand in 1993. Today, Dice Kayek continues to forge its own culture. Like a work-in-progress, season after season each collection builds on the brand’s philosophy of impeccable construction, highest quality materials and an ageless, timeless style signature. Ece draws inspiration in equal measure from the architecture, scents and textures of Istanbul and her life as a designer in Paris.
Jean-François Soler has pursued a solid and successful career in the communications field for over 20 years. During half of his professional experience, Jean-François was responsible of the press and communications department at Jose Levy. In 2004, he founded the agency Station Service, a company that provides its services to more than 20 brands such as Alexandre Vauthier, Pyrenex and Arzu Kaprol.
Born in Paris, Patrick Cabasset has worked as a journalist since 1981. Patrick specialized in written and fashion press and has collaborated with several publications such as Gai Pied and L’Officiel de la Mode et de la Couture de Paris. His reports have been published in a wide range of magazines and newspapers such as Gap, Le Journal du Textile, View on Colour, Glamour, Dépêche Mode, Le Point, Le Monde, Vogue Homme International, and Vogue Paris. From 1997 and during 18 years he worked as editor and chef editor at L’Officiel de la Mode. After 2015, he pursued his career as freelance journalist, having the chance to collaborate with both french and international magazines.
Anne Balas-Klein has worked as stylist in several fashion design houses such as Sonia Rykiel or Dorothée Bis. In 1988, Anne met Michel Glize, who had just founded LISAA. Then she became the head teacher of the school. In 2010, Anne Balas Klein created Mode & Management, a private distance education institution that proposes a unique training model in Europe, focused on the management of fashion & luxury fields. As a consequence of this great success, Anne currently manages LISSA Mode Paris.
Devoted to the fashion industry for more than 3 decades, working at different marketing stages from the retail to the commercial management passing by consultancies, Nathalie Cazeaud Hillaire has joined MC2 show room around 10 years ago. Both incubator for young collections and developer for more established brands, MC2 show room aims to be the link between the designers and the international buyers with a complete board accompaniment. Within the show room, Nathalie Cazeaud Hillaire is more specifically in charge of Juun J., Rochas, Mulbery, Veronique Branquinho, and Antonio Berardi.
Olympia de la Brosse
Specialist in communicaton in the cosmetics industry, Olympia de La Brosse joined Floriane de Saint Pierre & Associés as a researcher in design practice to scout creative talent around the world. She regularly works on organizational assignments for design studios of fashion brands, as well as on recruitment searches for visual/creative disciplines.
Devoted to promoting young talent in the fashion industry, Mariasole Pastori participated in the organization of the young designers’ competition International Talent Support (ITS) in Trieste, Italy. She is also involved in EyesOnTalents.com, the first online platform connecting innovative brands to the best creative talent on a global scale.
In 1994 Didier Varvaeren was awarded at the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie de Hyères for his collection Union pour le Vêtement. After this, he founded the brand éponyme along with the designer Xavier Delcour. The same year, he took over the charge of artistic director of Maroquinerie Delvaux during the following five years. He finds balance in the professional challenges he faces as scenographer, curator, consultant and expert, freelance designer, art director at MAD Brussels, Professor at La Chambre, and journalist for the Belgian press and television.
Hans de Foers
Hans de Foer has designed luxury ready-to-wear and couture collections for Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, André Courrèges, and Jean-Paul Gaultier as well as his own brand. He also worked for Azzedine Alaïa. He then went on to be an artistic director as both stylist and designer running multidisciplinary and international creative teams of mid-range brands. Today he is the Director of IFM’s Fashion & Accessory Design Postgraduate Program.
Specialist in decorative arts and high fashion expert, Philippe Fort started his career 20 years ago at Musée Galliera; then he worked at Paris city hall in charge of fashion and design. Currently, as headmaster of ESMOD Paris, he disposes a cultural and economic vision in these fields.