1G: How did you find working at Lanvin during your placement year?
CC: It was really good, I learned loads. But I didn’t do clothes at Lanvin, I was doing art direction. I didn’t know what the fuck art direction was, but it was really great. It was lots of random things. It is basically everything that has to do with fashion, just not clothes. Like styling, spaces, campaigns, press drawings, show lighting, show food. It is the lifestyle. I did everything.
Is art direction at Lanvin something you’d potentially want to go back to?
Yes, for sure. I didn’t know it existed. I thought fashion was clothes. I enjoy sewing; I just didn’t know there was so much more. But after those six months, I actually did clothes; I worked for Ashish in London. Lanvin is quite bourgeois and Ashish was different. It was nice to work at the polar opposites.
What type of brand can you see yourself working at in the future?
I don’t know, I am quite adaptable, which is a good quality. I just want to be happy. Whatever that means.
What is your opinion on the fact that students are saying they do not want to work at high fashion brands?
I don’t know. That’s a bit of a generalization. I have a lot of friends who still want to work at big brands. I think people want to go there because they want a paycheck. But at the same time, people want to start their own thing. It’s just a bit stressful: pre-collection, main collection and couture, it is never ending. I’m sure you can say the same thing about every profession. My parents always say: once you start working, you literally don’t stop until you retire. It’s true. This is maybe why people do not want to go into high fashion brands, because the pace is very fast. If you want a chill life, it’s not the place to be.
What are you working on now to prepare for the final collection and graduation?
We are just doing the pre-collection now, building up to the final collection at the end of the year. But it is not life and death, like some people think. A lot of people put so much pressure on themselves to get into the Press Show, but you know, when we are forty and have a mortgage to pay off, we aren’t going to be like ‘Damn-it, the press show, I didn’t get in. That ruined my life.’ It’s not going to be like that. I’m just spending time with my classmates and friends, God knows where we are going to be next year, and that makes me so sad. We may not even be in the same country!