Guy Laroche creative director: Key piece is the dress

Marcel Marongiu has been creative director at Guy Laroche since 2007. — AFP pic
Marcel Marongiu has been creative director at Guy Laroche since 2007. — AFP pic

PARIS, Sept 24 — On the occasion of ready-to-wear fashion week in Paris (Sept 23-Oct 1), Relaxnews caught up with Marcel Marongiu, creative director at Guy Laroche. Ahead of the presentation of the label's Spring-Summer 2015 collection today, he offered insights into the inspirations behind his latest designs.

What's the key piece in this collection and why?

The key piece is the dress: with a high and cinched waist, slightly flared, above the knee.

Easy to wear, sexy... and it's a piece that lengthens the silhouette.

Which female icon could be the face of this collection?

Jane Birkin.

What was the initial spark or starting point for this season?

My childhood memories and photos of my mother from the 1960s and 70s. A woman who shook up traditional codes: Ultra-feminine one day in a dress with a cinched waist, another day in a men's pea coat and jeans cut off at the ankle.

How did you pick the soundtrack for the collection?

With Frédéric Sanchez, we sought something elegant with just a “hint” of jazz to accentuate the “suave” ambiance.

Can you sum up the collection in one word and explain your choice?

STYLISH ... Chic, elegant, contemporary and laid-back.

What was the biggest challenge you encountered creating this collection?

The combination of rather “opposite” materials in the same item of clothing, the creation of pieces that may seem simple upon first glance, but which required a lot of savoir-faire. — AFP-Relaxnews