17 November 2009

She's gonna make it after all

Sophie  Théallet was named winner of the CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund last evening.  So she'll get some press, $200,000, and a year of "mentoring."   For someone so established in her career and her own history of apprenticeships as I noted last year, I don't see what sort of help a mentor could provide (she's worked with Jean Paul Gaultier and Azzedine Alaïa for goodness sakes), and don't understand who exactly will be doing the mentoring.  

In practical terms the "silk bohemian" look that Théallet is known for isn't exactly something that works for most people.  She says that they are supposed to be clothes that you can work and travel in.   Perhaps.  I wish it was easier to see the construction of these garments though, because, for better or worse, many look relatively easy to knock off in a cheap way.

Photo: Marcio Madeira
Spring 2010 Ready to Wear, style.com

Photo: Marcio Madeira
Spring 2010 Ready to Wear, style.com

So this win will be nice exposure for Théallet, but remember that Michelle Obama was already a fan.   That's probably the only endorsement she'll ever need. 

Michelle Obama on April 28, 2009

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


Gerri Ward said...

WOW! Now I am a FAN thanks to you posting this AMAZING DESIGNER!
p.s. I luv your blog too!:))

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