EXCLUSIVE: Q&A WITH PIERRE HARDY ON FALL AND HIS HOT SPOTS
THE DESIGNER OPENS UP FOR ANTONIA
Known for his standout designs, Pierre Hardy creates bold shoes and bags for men and women who beg to differ. As the fall mist rolls in, the French designer opted for distinct color contrasts, worked with both sexy stilettos and a mod aesthetic interpreted with thick, square heels, color blocking and the odd touch of exotica. For men, his line-up channeled a gentleman’s allure, courtesy of a revised Anglo-Saxon elegance.
Here, the French designer shares his views on fashion, the season’s must-haves and where to go when in Paris.
Describe the overall inspiration for Fall
Strong contrasts, unions between opposite universes. Cube lattice lace-up sandals that are both sensual and graphic, pumps with pompom ankle ties that mix Parisian chic with a touch of oriental eccentricity, or trompe l’oeil “absent” heels that make sandals seem as though they are suspended in mid air.
For men, it was about showcasing a gentlemanly allure, an Anglo-Saxon elegance (jodhpur boots with big buckles). Sneakers are simplified to ultra-graphic silhouettes, with lacing either hidden under a large Velcro strap or replaced by a single black elastic on new styles, a sort of throwback to the minimalist trend of the 90s.
List three fall essentials - a color, a shape, a look A look: Disco/oriental on high heel sandals with long tassels.
A shape: narrow fitted boot or ankle boot with elasticized leg.
A color: shades of camel in suede or snake.
A book or CD you would recommend as the days get shorter
Donna Summer – still! I love disco and we all “feel love”!
James Salter’s “Light Years,” the perfect portrait of what happiness could be and how it can fall apart.
Dos and don’ts when in Paris
DO: Walk or run on the banks of the Seine and then in the Tuileries Gardens, the most beautiful stadium in the world! DON’T: Nothing is a ‘don’t’ in Paris – I love everything (almost!)
Your favorite off-the-beaten-track bistrot or restaurant in Paris
La Petite Table, 27 rue Saintonge - it is my local, literally next door. It’s cozy and well lit, with simple fresh Italian food and the kindest Italian owners.
Café Stern, Passage des Panoramas – small and in a gorgeous setting, with delicious Venetian food.
Le Dauphin, 131 avenue Parmentier – I love the design by Rem Koolhaas and being able to choose many delicious small plates in any order is exactly how I like to eat.
Your favorite off-the-beaten-track shop in Paris
Debaulieu - Pierre, the florist, creates beautiful flower arrangements in a modern taste that goes beyond traditional designs.