4 winners of the Hyères Festival on Premiere Classe

As a partner of the 38th Hyères International Fashion, Photography and Accessories Festival, Premiere Classe welcomes the Formers to a dedicated exhibition.

See you from 1 to 4 March.

Igor Dieryck - Winner of the Jury's Grand Prize, the Première Vision Prize and the 19M Prize

The big winner of the 38th edition of the festival was this Belgian designer, who walked away with no fewer than 3 prizes for his unisex collection. A rare feat in the history of the festival, and one that is worth highlighting.

He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2022, and since then has worked for Hermès as a junior designer in the men's ready-to-wear department.

His collection, called "YESSIR", is the result of a reflection on the place of hotel staff within their establishment. The programme involves deconstructing the codes of the hotel uniform to reinvent modern tailoring.

Gabrielle Huguenot - Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Accessories

A 2022 graduate of Geneva's Haute École d'Art et de Design (HEAD), the Fribourg-born designer, who worked for the House of Rabanne in her student days, likes to bewitch as much as she bewilders with her creations, which combine jewellery, shoes and bags. Called "Artificial flowers need water, again", the collection tackles her favourite theme: fetishism. Gabrielle Huguenot likes to salvage and assemble metal like hardware and second-hand items to create tension in the object.

Christiane Schwambach - Winner of the Jury's Special Mention for Accessories

After working for a long time as a window dresser and decorator for the Secondella vintage boutique in Hamburg, Christiane went back to studying fashion. She began creating artistic bags made from glass structures enriched with all sorts of ornaments, including scarves, coloured hiking ropes, pearls, buttons... A unique mix for pieces that are just as unique.

Victor Salinier - Winner of the Hermès Prize for Fashion Accessories and the Public Prize

The young Frenchman, who graduated from the Haute École d'Art et de Design de Genève (HEAD) with a master's degree in Fashion and Accessories Design, showcased bags with taut lines whose black leather, with an aniline finish (a finish that entails applying a light transparent layer that leaves the texture of the leather unchanged), reflects the light. For the Hermès prize, he played on the codes of equestrianism, with his light leather-braided kerchief adorned with stirrups, which move like long ribbons. A gently nostalgic nod to his childhood memories, perched on his mother's shoulders.

Céline Vautard

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