Stéphane Ashpool is feeling romantic. The founder of streetwear label Pigalle Paris invited guests to the picturesque garden of the Musée de Montmartre for a wedding party that saw him tying the knot in a symbolic ceremony with his girlfriend, jewelry designer Marissa Seraphin.
Ashpool kitted out his usual cast of models, musicians and friends in pastel-colored best man outfits. With a twirl, a swagger or a gentlemanly hand-kiss, they ambled through the crowd of editors, family and friends in the brand’s signature dandified sportswear.
“I was looking at the way men dressed when I was a child. The first time I got properly dressed up was at my parents’ wedding when I was seven years old. That left an impression on me,” Ashpool said before the show.
Jersey Bermuda shorts came ribbed or quilted, some with splits up the sides. Silky shirts were layered with fine knits, while some jackets were overlaid with sheer latex vests for a soft-focus effect.
Among the guests was Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel fashion and of Paraffection, the division that houses its specialty ateliers. Pavlovsky has been mentoring Ashpool since Pigalle Paris won the ANDAM Fashion Award last year, and Chanel-owned houses including featherer Lemarié and embroiderer Lesage worked on the collection.
The couturelike touches, which also included bead necklaces from Goossens, accentuated the gender fluid feel of the collection, in particular on a pale lilac tie-dyed coat with side insets of pleated fabric made by specialist house Lognon.
Ashpool said Pavlovsky is also advising him on the opening of a training center in Paris through which he hopes to pass on the passion for handcrafts to a new generation. “I think I’m a very good link between the street and fashion, and Bruno has understood that,” he said.