Ludovic Winterstan is one of the most promising couturiers in fashion industry, he is based in Paris and is ready to amaze the world of fashion though his unconventional style. Ludovic knows how to dress to impress for sure and we had a conversation with him exclusively for Trend Privé Magazine:
TPM: I saw you celebrating the debut your FW17 Ready-to-Wear Collection at Tunis Fashion Week, after seeing the couture one at Serbia Fashion Week. This is a smart and difficult move at the same time. Tell us more about it.
In fact it was a capsule collection to announce the Spring Summer 2018 collection that will be presented in September at Paris Fashion Week. This is a real turning point for the house. Haute Couture has given a lot to us, I found pleasure to create also the Fall 2017 Haute Couture collection, but we wanted our clothes to be more wearable. We know the adventure is going to be great, because we are a young team that is not afraid of challenges.
TPM: What three words best describe your design philosophy right now?
Fabrics / hard-work / femininity
Fabrics and hard-work go together. This is the essence of my way of working. I need to give myself a strong reason to create. And by the fabrics and cutting work in my atelier to give a real reason to my collections. Femininity, because every piece is studied in a way where any elegant woman can wear it and my creations must sublimate the body. I am not part of these houses who consider the concept more important than the client. My goal is to dress women, and now more than ever with the ready to wear collections.
TPM: And what about the core of your brand—what is that makes it so successful from the start? For us is very successful!
I do not know if it’s up to me to say it! I think that from the first collection “BLACK”, we tried to impose a certain aesthetic, a bit against current of what is done at the moment. Our team’s goal is not to stick the trends. We are rather a laboratory. Always in the research. We are very happy to see that it works. Few months ago, we were told that it would be difficult for us if we did not collide more with what is being done “right now”. But everyone knows that in fashion, what is being done now, will be dead tomorrow.
We prefer to remain faithful to our inspirations.
TPM: Where do you find inspiration for your collections?
Everywhere ! I studied History of Art in parallel with my studies of Fashion. So I learned to open my eyes. In the streets, in my books, during my travels, the time of an exhibition, everything is inspiring when we keep our eyes open …
TPM: Does music inspire you?
Definitely yes. I listen to a lot of music, all genres, all styles, very sharp things like very “public” things. Music feeds me a lot and never leaves me. Especially during the period of creation. I think it shows on my shows too. The choice of music is also very important for me. It is the music that will give the overall atmosphere, set the tone.
TPM: We loved the combination between black and white in your Ready-To-Wear FW17 collection. What was your thinking behind the design?
For the Fall 2017 RTW collection, we wanted to keep the codes of the house, so as not to get too far from our aesthetics. Black, white, graphic breaks, architectural cuts associated with blur. The challenge was for us to keep everything we had already said, but to translate it through wearable clothes, every day.
TPM: Which pieces from your collections do you see becoming wardrobe staples?
Without hesitation, the pants and the jackets “tailor”. We spent a lot of time in the atelier developing them. The pants had to fall straight, remain blurry, or mold the body, but still had to have the cut that would put the buttocks, thighs and lower legs in value.
TPM: As someone who travels often, what are three essentials you pack to make yourself at home wherever you go?
Ahaha, I love this question. Obviously my cap first! Impossible to forget it! Then I would say my mobile phone, not for its function but mainly because it serves me as camera and notepad. Finally my cigarettes! Yes I know it’s wrong …