If you have been eagerly following the goings-ons of the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie at Hy√®res, this will all be old news to you.  But in Style Bubble tradition, I do take a little longer to gather my thoughts to expand upon what I’ve seen… (translation: I need more time to write like I sound vaguely intelligent…).  So first up… the winners… BUT by no means my favourite of what I saw at this year… needless to say, if last year there was a clear winner in the form of Sandra Backlund, this year was a bit more of an open book, a bit more difficult to understand but nonetheless…intriguing stuff!

This time I managed to get ok-ish pics of the awards ceremony…

Here’s Jean Pierre Blanc, the founder and director of the festival introducing the ceremony // The president of the jury this year was Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy, alongside people like Haider Ackermann, Maria Luisa, stylist Patti Wilson and Carla Sozzani who were also on the jury.

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JpehyeresFirst the 1,2,3 prize was awarded and it went to…..*drumroll* Jean-Paul Lespagnard who hails from Belgium.  Well, actually you don’t even have to ask him about his nationality because quite literally he declared it through his collection entitled ‚ÄúIch will‚Äônen cowboys als mann‚Äù, the fact that he works in both Brussels and Antwerp and studied at the IFPME in Li√®ge.  Frites galore!  Not just any old French fries or chips though…the real Belgium kind with plenty of mayonnaise.  Lespagnard was thinking about a fanciful character called Jacqueline who runs a ‘fritkot’ (a chippie to UK ppl…), when designing his collection.  She‚Äôs obsessed with a kitsch Danish singer called Gitte and the rodeo clowns of Texas.  So it was no wonder that as soon as model did her first strut on the catwalk wearing JP Lespagnard‚Äôs ensemble, there were cheers and roars of delight in the tent.   Glitter, Dolly Parton hair, candy cane body stockings, woven tent material, Texan shirts, chaps and of course lots frites!  As bracelets, on the sunglasses, on the Perspex clear platform boots and shoes…

I must say, the overwhelming amount of kitsch isn‚Äôt really for me but as a collection you can‚Äôt really fault Lespagnard for not seeing through a concept and of course everything was extremely well-made.  In stark contrast to last year‚Äôs winner of the 1,2,3 prize (15,000 euros and a chance to create a collection for the 1,2,3 chain), where it was difficult to see how Peter Bertsch‚Äôs techniques could translate into high street clothes, it actually seems right that Lespagnard got the prize and I expect something fashionably hilarious next year to pop out of 1,2,3.   

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Mchyeres It seems like an awfully predictable cliche that Riccardo Tisci, lover of all things black, dark and mysterious who happens to be the president of this year’s jury goes for something… well…black, dark and mysterious.  The Grand Prize went to Matthew Cunnington for his collection ‘Hail Mary’.  A graduate of University of Westminster and a contemporary of Zowie Broach of Boudicca, Cunnington took a different sort of literal approach.  His collection was inspired by his own mother who was forced to abandon her illegitimate daughter in 1969 and so the clothes are a representation of the feelings associated with that particular event.  Burnt material = fragility.  Exposed pocket = nothing left to hide.  Accentuated shoulders = anxiety and weight carried around.  Every fold and drape has a meaning.  All designers were supposed to set up a stand in a tent (alas they did away with allowing each designer to have their own room to decorate with an homage to their collection…a shame as this is my favourite part of the competition…).  Whilst most designers showed their sketches, hung some artefacts, inspiration images and made a little corner all about their collection, Cunnington just chose to hang his clothes on his rail with a simple sketchbook there.  Nothing else.  That’s it.  Apparently, he didn’t say all that much either to the jury when each designer was asked to present their collections.

I’m guessing the shy demeanour and quietness worked to Cunnington’s favour and even as he was announced as the winner, he seemed almost scared to accept the prize.  There were certain aspects that I loved about the collection like the fragile material ‘burnt’ and clinging to the body for dear life.  It was again well executed… somehow though I personally felt like a collection that was so acutely personal and also didn’t aesthetically appeal to me didn’t click for me.

Like I said…intriguing stuff that perhaps my brain is incapacitated to process…    

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Phcopyon When I made my Sneaky Sneaker Stiletto Wish a few months ago, I must have accidently looked up to the stars and made a wish upon some twinkly thing out there or rubbed an old 50p coin (Queen’s Nose…remember that?) because whilst I knew for sure in the pit of my heart, that the real Pierre Hardy white stiletto shoes at a shocking price of 600 quid would never be mine, nor did I think a cheaper imitation would pop up.  However… I didn’t count on coming across a similar pair on eBay.  No, these aren’t knock-offs as they are actually a few years old, pre-Pierre Hardy SS08 times….

I‚Äôm not entirely sure what the hell I was doing that made me come across them but then again, my eBay searches can get pretty frenetic so in mighty desperation, somehow these were uncovered.  Yes, the stiletto is not nearly as beautiful, the ankle detailing not nearly as pronounced and they‚Äôre slightly too pointy at the toes…

However for $9.99, rather than getting an exact knock-off, it‚Äôs actually like possessing the imperfect predecessor.  There is something a little off about them but you can tell that they are near enough related to the superior Beta version that are the Pierre Hardy shoes.  The outfits need some fine tuning and please excuse the horrid complexion ruined by mosquito bites in France but I‚Äôm thinking outfits that are perfectly fine-tuned might not suit the Alpha version 1.1 status of these shoes…

Now I‚Äôm by no means preaching the ‚Äòcheap is cleverer‚Äô route.  It‚Äôs merely a necessity for times like these when Pierre Hardy isn‚Äôt a close chum nor when the flat deposit is getting nearer to completion.  Speaking of Mr Hardy, spotted some femmes at Hyeres wearing the ‚Äòcolourama‚Äô trainers/sneakers with skinny jeans, further fuelling my need for a WICKED/DOPE pair of high tops (words that NEED to be applied to said shoes…). 

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Those Frenchies are really putting me to shame as the trio of Punky B, Garance Dor√© (whose streetstyle pics have upped a level me thinks…) and G√©raldine (of Caf√© Mode) were out and about with their super professional cameras and having the elegant politeness to ask people if they can snap their outfit (er…not to mention the language skills of course as they all speak English and French impeccably…. darn being trilingual in the wrong bloody languages…).  Me… er… well…my Hy√®res coverage is slow and laboured… and yes, there were a few beach sessions and long fruit de mer lunches involved…

But I do promise that I wasn’t just fannying around doing nada… because G√©raldine very smartly captured me at work on the blog at the Villa Noailles.  I’m thinking it was the blue floppy hat ou ‘capeline bleu’ (for once, I’m preferring the English, non?) that warranted the photo as opposed to my hulking Toshiba laptop…

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Punky B also dug the hat too and she’s also captured the weird way both the boyf and I came up with wearing the blue chain necklace I so love as a belt…

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You can’t see, but the bStore sandals were getting some much needed sun-drenched wear… wearing them with tights in London was smacking too much of holiday-desperation…

Oh, and if you’re serious ‘Louise’ fans (I’m thinking this is a girl that only streetstyle blog fanatics will know…) all three blogs have captured her in one stylish outfit after another… makes me want to hide in my BFH frankly…

Ponystep1 So the Boombox maestro has launched Ponystep.com and I was gutted that I missed the launch party on Sunday…   Just as I predicted, the site conveys a different and unique point of view on the fashion talent in London and despite only being about two days old, there‚Äôs a fair few fashion features up already.  Some names are comfortingly familiar, others not so, which means I‚Äôll have to add another URL to the favourites list…

I know Fleet Ilya‚Äôs work but not the name so it‚Äôs good that Ponystep have highlighted the man behind the sex-inspired leather totes, accessories, headgear and outfit ‚Äòprops‚Äô that have graced the bods of Kylie Minogue and Roisin Murphy (is it a little insane that I‚Äôve dreamt about emailing Roisin‚Äôs record company with a gushing list of designers that I think Roisin should pull in for a 40-outfit change gig and then going to the gig itself to witness the splendour…yes, I think so…).  I‚Äôve thought about harnessing up several times if I found the right structure because over something floaty and soft, it‚Äôs a useful prop to have.  I think Fleet does a few different ranges that are available in shops or via private bespoke order, but a few of his pieces are available to buy online at Coco de Mer.  His later collections will be full of patent and brass, two things that of course get my vote so we‚Äôll see whether there will be some Susie Bubble harness action going on…          

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