Revillon’s new creative director Andrew Heather, who will present a collection of 23 coats at Hotel de Crillon on Sunday, comes to the French furrier after a 13-year career in the design studio at Givenchy.
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“It’s a big leap from satin, chiffon and tulle, the world that I was in,” said Heather, who takes up a post previously held by the likes of Peter Dundas and Rick Owens. “You really need to look at which skin is the most appropriate to a shape and then which way do you use it. It’s like sculpting a shape.”
A vintage Revillon poster of illustrated animals was the starting point for Heather’s debut, which ranges from sheepskin to sable. The designer set out to create a lighter allure and hand by mixing fur with other materials, using mink on the front of a coat, and leather on the back, for example.
Styles include a knee-length dark green mink coat with an egg-shaped back and lacquered tweed lining, belted skunk, raw-hemmed antelope patterned with inserts of white fur dots and a sheer rabbit-lined raincoat printed with white “Bambi” spots.
Heather has also designed spare sportswear to wear under the pieces, such as printed mohair sweaters and fitted fur skirts. And he’s been working on the relaunch of the house’s fragrance, Detchema, which will be limited to 1,000 numbered editions. The scent will launch in time for the opening of the new Revillon flagship on Avenue Montaigne during Paris couture in July.