I’ve loved designer Gilles Montezin ever since I saw Sarah Jessica Parker in one of his gorgeous coats during the filming of the Sex and the City movie two years ago. The French designer who studied under the helm of fellow country man and haute couture extraordinaire Christian Lacroix has been making quite a splash since his main stream debut a la SJP. His designs, all fit for the girl with a discerning eye for the best and well made clothes perfect for work and a night out at high society events, in pages of magazines, on movie stars and in the upcoming movie Confessions of a Shopaholic staring Isla Fisher.
Gilles and I became friends last year when I reached out to him regarding scheduling a meeting with him at his studio in New York City. At that time, he was so swamped with press inquiries but that didn’t stop him from corresponding with me and eagerly awaiting my trip to New York City. We discussed trying on every single piece in his wonderful collection of Parisian chic clothes that many women dream of but never really get a chance to wear. One look at Gilles’ collection and you will know why his collection is one of the most coveted among high society ladies and starlets. He has a keen eye for details and can transform the simplest black dress into a masterpiece. Gilles knows that clothes do not have to be over the top to be in order to make a statement. His designs are the height of sophistication. I got the chance to interview this charming designer for the Glamazon Diaries because I knew my readers would fall in love with his designs as well as the man behind the brand just as I have after.
On my lust list is an original Gilles Montezin coat and a dress for my birthday. His pieces are timeless and worth the splurge. Think family heirlooms – something that can be passed down to your daughter or granddaughter one day.
What was the inspiration behind your latest collection?
I think of something fresh and light weight. I wanted to give a very modern touch to the clothes without taking away the luxury
Colors, textures and moods!
You are right on, you pinned my very essence. I like unique pieces. Well, it all depends on the use of them. I cannot do all the coats I would like in one collection. I have to select just a few for all kinds of event and stop there. Same for every pieces. Believe me, sometimes it is hard!
I just think of my dear friend and writer Laren Stover all the time. She is the perfect artist who loves clothes and has a very modern chic and discrete sexiness to her.Just like a modern Audrey Hepburn. Really!
I worked 8 years in Paris with Christian Lacroix for his Haute-couture collections and clients…It was the best years of my life! I learned so much with him.
I have to say I like very much that black coat made of wool jersey and duchess satin for evening…I saw it worn all kind of different ways, and always it looked good. There is a band of beads under the bust that is very flattering for a coat!
What is in store for the next season?