Throughout a break from the autumn winter 2023 runway exhibits in Paris, our senior editor Taylore Scarabelli stopped by the LVMH Prize semifinalist showroom to take a look at this 12 months’s contenders. Under, three finalists exhibit the highest items from their collections.
TAYLORE SCARABELLI: Hello. I’m Taylore from Interview. I heard you could have some actually loopy stuff right here.
AKYOL: Oh, thanks. Ought to we begin with the metallic arms bustier?
AKYOL: These are my arms that we molded out of customized bronze. I made it in 2018, and it was worn by Cardi B and Cate Blanchett.
SCARABELLI: Your arms have been all around the hottest celebrities.
AKYOL: [Laughs] Throughout COVID time they had been touring actually greater than all of us, all around the globe.
AKYOL: Then I did this loopy helmet head piece with my ft molded. These had been impressed—
SCARABELLI: You’re going to need to attempt that on for me.
AKYOL: It’s slightly small for my head, however let’s give it a attempt.
AKYOL: So it’s actually a helmet, it’s such as you’re sporting your fetish in your face.
SCARABELLI: Do you could have a foot fetish?
AKYOL: I form of do. I used to be desirous about why we now have this poisonous masculine want after we all are educated about it, and I used to be like, “I’m going to put on it as a crown till I work out all of the solutions.”
SCARABELLI: It was your considering cap.
AKYOL: Yeah. And you then might need heard about this one, which is the fake fur coat.
SCARABELLI: Oh wow.
AKYOL: The silhouette comes out of the fur. I like the concept of shaping it as a way to’t actually see the physique. You’ll additionally discover a Kepenek shoulder on this blazer that turns right into a gown. You simply need to unsnap or snap it.
SCARABELLI: Wow. I actually like—wait, what do you name it?
AKYOL: Kepenek. It comes from a Turkish and Farsi coat that shepherds used to put on. It was this piece of sq. cloth that folks would sew within the again, and it will provide you with this origami shoulder. My father was a tailor, so he taught me the best way to do quite a lot of this stuff. And all these items I make myself in my studio in Paris.
SCARABELLI: Do you sketch as effectively?
AKYOL: I begin at all times making an attempt items on me to know the place I need to go along with the silhouette of the season and then I’ll begin sketching. Ought to I present you the yacht gown?
SCARABELLI: Sure. Present me extra issues.
AKYOL: Okay. So that you’re in your yacht all day. You’ve gotten your moist hair, you’re in a showering swimsuit. You need to do a Mariah Carey second at night time. You do the yacht gown. It’s this physique that’s built-in. And inside, it’s also possible to put on tuxedo pants or the white tie denim, as I name them.
AKYOL: And I did this as a result of I used to be so impressed by a bit that I made in my first assortment, which had been the tuxedo tights.
SCARABELLI: These are so cute!
AKYOL: You’ve gotten the satin bands right here, which at the moment are the satin bands that I at all times do. And it comes with this belt already hooked up, so that you’re draping your self.
SCARABELLI: I want these. I need to exit with no pants on.
AKYOL: Oh please. Only a huge coat or a blazer. And that’s it.
SCARABELLI: That’s sizzling.
AKYOL: And it’s subtle and nonchalant and horny. As a Turkish Oriental French particular person, I’m at all times looking for the suitable stability between opulence and class whereas being very nonchalant and simple and concrete.
SCARABELLI: Yeah. It’s minimal, however it’s enjoyable and horny.
AKYOL: You need to give one thing to your shopper. It could’t be only a fundamental.
SCARABELLI: Present me some extra. I’m into it. I have to see the remaining.
AKYOL: Oh, have you ever seen, Kendall Jenner wore one in all my attire that was form of like this one.
SCARABELLI: You understand all of the movie star women.
AKYOL: I’ve been dressing quite a lot of them as a result of I’ve been within the enterprise for 15 years. I do know the stylists, and I attain out to them. She wore this to LACMA Awards. It was styled by Marni Senofonte. She was tremendous horny.
SCARABELLI: Wow. I by no means see her that horny.
AKYOL: After which I did this model for my gross sales as a result of, after all, typically you need to cowl the woman.
SCARABELLI: Not everybody has a Kendall Jenner physique.
AKYOL: After which we now have all of the ball skirt concept. It comes from these skirts that ladies working within the hammams within the Ottoman Empire would put on. It was only a sash with a belt. And inside they’d have the oils to provide to the shoppers who got here to the hammam. I figured that the development was actually, actually near some skirts and robes that I’ve seen within the ’40s high fashion in my analysis on the time. So I created these concepts for final summer season. So it’s this huge ball skirt and Olivia Culpo wore the gown model of that. But additionally there’s a minimalized model, which is basically doable.
AKYOL: It’s a palazzo pant with silk touches. It has the pockets. It has the identical building. So stylish, proper?
SCARABELLI: Very good.
TAYLORE SCARABELLI: There she is.
RAUL LOPEZ: Hello.
SCARABELLI: It’s important to stroll me via the garments.
RAUL LOPEZ: So Swarovski made this Ana bag for the present. 40,000 stones, hand-placed by the attractive individuals of Swarovski. Thanks a lot. After which we now have this delicate puff jacket.
SCARABELLI: Ooh. It has a little bit of a Comme [Des Garcons] sleeve.
SCARABELLI: However totally different.
LOPEZ: She’s the one.
SCARABELLI: She’s cozy.
LOPEZ: And we now have the caviar magnificence.
SCARABELLI: Ooh, wow.
LOPEZ: That one has traditional tailoring. Get into the small print, darling. Take a look at the sleeves on it.
SCARABELLI: Oh, she’s glowing. Beautiful. Beautiful, darling.
LOPEZ: Catch the sunshine. Then the lively put on. It’s important to have this. That is what sells, woman. That is the bread and butter.
SCARABELLI: You’ve gotten this so you are able to do the tailoring.
LOPEZ: Precisely. And you’ve got these skirts.
SCARABELLI: That was one in all my faves really, the houndstooth. You need to be sporting it with that jacket.
LOPEZ: I’m not making an attempt to come out. After which these with the L collar.
SCARABELLI: Oh, and that was impressed by your grandma’s doily or…?
LOPEZ: In all probability.
SCARABELLI: It’s so cute.
LOPEZ: Thanks. Skirt, shorts, goes like that.
SCARABELLI: Ooh, and she or he drags too. The posh of getting your garments dragging on the ground is—
LOPEZ: That’s luxurious. When your garments drag on the ground, meaning you could have cash, sweetie, as a result of you may simply ship it to the dry cleaner the subsequent day.
SCARABELLI: You’re not frightened. I’m not frightened.
LOPEZ: The woman’s not frightened. She bought cash.
SCARABELLI: Nicely, the ultimate piece I need to see is that this coat right here.
LOPEZ: This woman.
SCARABELLI: Wow, the shoulder.
LOPEZ: The boldest shoulder. With customized pads that we get made in—
SCARABELLI: That’s agency.
LOPEZ: So it’s really designed so your man can lay their head on the shoulders.
SCARABELLI: Aw, you could possibly additionally play a soccer sport in that.
LOPEZ: Interval. After which there’s the robes.
SCARABELLIE SCARABELLI: Ooh. I might by no means slot in that. I’m too brief.
RAUL LOPEZ: Lady, placed on a heel.
SCARABELLIE SCARABELLI: I want a very tall heel. Like a 10-inch heel.
RAUL LOPEZ: [Laughs]
JULIE PELIPAS: Right here you may see what we will do with worn mens’ fits.
SCARABELLI: That’s enjoyable.
PELIPAS: You may put on this with every other trousers, really, and it provides this layer. We even have this biker jacket.
SCARABELLI: Oh, that appears like a Julia Fox outfit.
PELIPAS: That is my American Psycho shirt.
SCARABELLI: Oh my god. Spooky. Did it come like that, otherwise you distressed it your self?
PELIPAS: No, no, no, I did it. I destroyed it myself. I had a really good second with that. So that is the corset produced from belts.
SCARABELLI: Wow. That appears laborious to put on.
PELIPAS: It’s straightforward to put on, really. It’s very easy.
SCARABELLI: I suppose you could have good posture whenever you put on it.
PELIPAS: Sure. Additionally you management it, as a result of you could have holes. You can also make it looser, as a result of with corsets, you already know, you may’t breathe.
SCARABELLI: Oh, that’s true. Plus it’s simpler to cinch it, you are able to do it your self. You don’t want somebody to decorate you want Marie Antoinette.
PELIPAS: You are able to do it utterly your self. You actually open this with the belts as you open the trousers.
PELIPAS: These are the social distance trousers. They offer you non-public house.
SCARABELLI: Wow. Yeah, no contact.
PELIPAS: They give the impression of being sophisticated, however they’re fairly easy, since you put on them with simply the trousers. It doesn’t carry you discomfort.
SCARABELLI: However are you able to sit down?
PELIPAS: Sure, sure. We examined. And it goes with this shirt, the place it’s also possible to management your boobs and the place it sits. It really works as a bustier.
SCARABELLI: No bra mandatory. We love that.