The French fashion designer and winner of the prestigious LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers 2017 shares her favourite places to go, things to do and looks from her latest collection.
Serre recommends Alain Badiou’s In Praise of Love for its fresh insight on love.
The Kurdish fare at Paris’ Mala Bavo, she says, is unpretentiously good.
Eighties synth-pop band Devo gets her feet moving.
For a different cultural experience in Paris, she suggests watching films at the 83-year-old Art Deco cinema Le Balzac.
Her signatures as seen in S/S ’18: pieces made of upcycled scarves (right) and a deft blend of sports and couture influences.
A RESTAURANT SHE FREQUENTS
“Mala Bavo, a small bistro on Rue Saint-Denis in Paris, just a few steps away from our studio. We really like its no-nonsense Kurdish-style food – simple, good and not expensive. It’s perfect for quick dinners after work or meetings with a plate of mezes in between.”
“Most of my favourite vintage pieces are either from the French countryside or Belgium. Clignancourt (a flea market in Paris) and Montreuil (a commune in the suburbs of Paris) are always good options. Of course, there’s always Emmaus (an NGO that organises flea markets among other things).”
“I’ve had almost no time to read with all that’s been happening over the last year. The last book I read from cover to cover was In Praise of Love by Alain Badiou (in which the French philosopher posits a refreshing take on the true meaning of love). Recommended for everybody.”
“Whenever my boyfriend puts on the records of (early New Wave band) Devo or rockabilly pioneer Gene Vincent.”
“Just sneak into one of Paris’ few remaining independent movie theatres (such as the 83-year-old Le Balzac cinema, which still shows celluloid films).”
SPRING/SUMMER 2018 MUST-HAVES
“In my collection, I’m most proud of the dresses made from repurposed scarves. Repurposing is not new, but we’ve been able to do so (Serre has a team that specialises in sourcing from around the world fabrics and garments that can be upcycled) to create pieces that actually make it into stores. We were quite sure that the critics would like this, but unsure of how retailers would react. It’s worked out very well so far though and I’m extremely proud of this.”
Devo Artwork Photo Everett Collection/TPG