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 heritage 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 Second Empire artistic movements, the omnipresent aesthetic of this period, the gardens, the paradoxal and controversial freedom of the courtesans.
A few words about this collection...
The FW17 Collection name is La Botaniste. I have worked on the memory, souvenir and dream thematic and create 2 prints. I did the print "Jardin Défendu" with the artist Craig Wheatley.
What's your favorite piece in our selection?
The Dorian Teddy. I have collaborate with a florentine spinner in order to revisit the Jardin Défendu print according to a weaving technique used to create huge hanging and tapestry during the Renaissance. The volume and the cut are oversized and unisex in contrast with the fabric.
What are you most proud of?
Our new Galerie/Atelier in Paris where we create and produce a big part of our collections.
Where do you manufacture your products?
The prototypes and a part of the production are made in our workshop in Paris. The stitch is made in France. I am making my pieces with one of the latest stitch family company in South of France. The origin and the fabrics sourcing is the focus of the creative process. and the leather in Istanbul.
Where can we find your collection?
On L'Exception online and in store :) On our Eshop, in our hidden boutique located in le marais ans also in concept-store in France, Europe, Japan, Korea,..
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. For the cocktail: The "Fête Impériale" made by the cocktail bar Istr :)