Baccarat calls on fashion designers to personalize its Harcourt glass – WWD
NEW GLASSES: Crystal maker Baccarat celebrated Paris Fashion Week on Thursday with an event showcasing the creations of 11 designers who have customized their signature Harcourt glass.
Imane Ayissi, Benjamin Benmoyal, Tom Van der Borght, Clara Daguin, Honey F-king Dijon, Kevin Germanier, Mira Mikati, Charles de Vilmorin, Victor Weinsanto, Yoshiki and Jarel Zhang gave their turn to the glass, which is celebrating its 180th anniversary this year, with unique creations that escaped practical considerations in favor of the pure imagination.
Dijon sprayed the glass with metallic paint traditionally used for cars, Mikati covered hers with colorful hooks, and Yoshiki added glass tendrils to turn the object into a poisonous flower. Germanier’s version was practically unrecognizable under a pile of multicolored shards supposed to evoke the explosion of a glass.
“I tried to choose what was most in tune with the moment,” explains Laurence Benaïm, the journalist who organized the project. “I chose those who looked deep inward for the somewhat disruptive energy of that time. This is what fascinated me about their work: that they each express, in a very unique way, something about this period and about themselves.
Benaïm noted that several of the designers have emerged from the pandemic. De Vilmorin made his Paris Fashion Week catwalk debut this week after founding his brand in an attic during the first confinement, while Van der Borght was crowned winner of the Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival, seven years after launching his label.
Van der Borght said he took inspiration from the outdoors for his glasses, which are embellished with overstock beads, macrame and mountaineering gear.
“My work is always a bit between art, fashion and performance, so for me, going from body to object was not a huge step. I was very inspired by the present day. We’ve been inside for a very long time, so the idea was really to create something with an idea of going out, ”he explained.
“We created this group of four glasses as a sort of collective image with all the different colors to represent the uniqueness of the individual and to celebrate the differences,” added the designer, who will return to Hyères later this month. here to present the new collection he has worked on. with the Chanel Lesage and Maison Michel workshops as part of its award.
Daguin brought a high-tech touch to his contribution. “When I think of a crystal glass, I think of the moment you put water in it and run your finger over the rim to make the glass ‘sing’. I wanted to do that, but with light, so there is a sensor inside, and when you touch the edge, it lights up from below, ”she said.
The designer, who recently unveiled a sportswear project connected with the French Institute of Textile and Clothing, was present at the evening with several models dressed in her luminous creations. Germanier brought a troupe that included Miss Fame, while Ayissi was flanked by muses dressed in fringed designs in the same shade of Baccarat red as the pearls decorating her glass.
The pieces will remain on display at Maison Baccarat in Paris until November 30.
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