“THE TOILET IN OUR FACTORY HAS ALSO BEEN A GREAT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION. MEN’S TOILETS IN CHINA ARE QUITE A SOCIAL PLACE, EVERYONE IS HANGING OUT IN THERE SMOKING, CHECKING THEIR PHONE AND HIDING FROM THEIR BOSSES.”
Obviously, the two of you aren’t lazy at all, having been busy preparing for your upcoming Paris debut (congratulations by the way). What are you most excited about for tomorrow?
Alve: Saturday morning!!!
Mao : I am most excited to sleep without interruption on Friday night! Can’t wait!
Who is sat on your dream front row?
Mao : Erwin Wurm and Dali, sat next to each other, obviously.
Alve: Douglas Coupland. I think he understands the importance of laziness very well.
Let’s talk about the collection you’ll be presenting. Where did the idea come from?
Alve: We base work on what we read, what we see around us, what cracks us up. In the beginning of the season we found this amazing Chinese street photographer called Tao Liu. He has a very humoristic way of looking at the world which we felt was very closely relating to how we want to design. The toilet in our factory has also been a great source of inspiration. Men’s toilets in China are quite a social place, everyone is hanging out in there smoking, checking their phone and hiding from their bosses.
Mao: The toilet moment! You know when you go to the toilet at the office, and often your brain is jammed with a long list of things you still need to get through during the day. We think you somehow feel a little bit lighter after you… use the loo, more relaxed and complacent.
How long have you been working on this for?
Mao: We started this specific 150-piece collection six months ago but moved to China almost a year ago. Since we arrived, we have created two tryout capsule collections to learn how to develop our products in a way that suits us. Most of our fabrics and all of our making is done here in China, so for us it was really important to take some time to build up the team, and think about what type of products we can develop in a good way. Also, we have had to learn how to communicate with factories in China, which has been really new for us.
What are some of your favorite pieces?
Alve: All of our underwear. Those are the foundation of our label.
Mao : I love all of the vionnetoilet series, like the dresses with jersey and silk that is stuck in the bra or the silk wrapping trousers as like toilet rolls. And our underwear matches all the outerwear looks.
You finish the show and two of you get locked in the bathroom with two people. Who is locked inside with you?
Mao: Erwin Wurm and Dali of course! Wait, actually, can we choose SOS key agents?
Alve: Two members of our team!
Do you have any advice for artists or designers hoping to make it in the industry after graduating?
Alve: Just know what you want to achieve and it’s all not that difficult.
Mao: Be as lazy as possible; that make you realize what you really need!