Born in the summer of 2015, Fête Impériale is inspired by a contrast of XIXth century opulence and 80s eccentricity. Influence of the cultural wealth of the second empire and baroque aesthetics, the brand’s founder, Laura creates a hedonistic blend between old and new, mixing erotic Belle Époque with the subversive casualness of the 80's punk movement. Each collection has a multifunctional edge, creating light and androgynous silhouettes. Offering a range of exclusive prints designed in-house by Fête Impériale, each of their fabrics is carefully selected for its high-quality aesthetic. Beguiled by the opulence of the XIX century, beautiful washed silk, duchess satin, thick cotton and rich lamb’s wool are meticulously crafted in French factories with an unfaltering attention to detail. Each season in manufactured in capital cities across Europe depending on technical savoir-faire and style.
Who are you?
Laura, founder and creator of Fête Impériale.
How did you start in fashion?
By accident and by luck!
How would you define your style?
I like vintage pieces of 80's, the ultra oversized, the mix of masculin/feminin, prints and material's mixing.
What inspires you?
The end of the Second Empire and of the 19th century. The artistic and symbolic univers of the parisian courtesan: architectural design of La Belle Epoque...
A few words about this collection...
It's a kind of free and assumed feminity vision. The provocative and sophisticated spirit of the "Demi Mondaines" and the crazy and underground atmosphere of the 80's in London and Paris.
What's your favorite piece in our selection?
The Josephine oversized perfecto lined in our pink toile de Jouy Sévigné and the Astrid shirt.
What are you most proud of?
I wouldn't say about one piece, but about all this first SS16 collection.
Where do you manufacture your products?
The prototypes and a part of the production are made in worshop in Paris. The mesh is made in Italy and the leather in Istanbul.
Where can we find your collection?
Online @ L'Exception, on our Eshop. We are in Paris at La Galerie de L'Opéra Garnier hosted by Les galeries Lafayette. And internationally in Tokyo, Osaka and Geneva in department and concept store.
If your brand was a music, a movie, a cocktail...
"Boys don't cry" The Cure, "Sonate Pacifique" by L'impératrice or "Try a Little Tenderness" from Otis Redding. I prefer white wine or champagne. A glass of "Pouilly Fuissé" or a "Piscine" of champagne.