– Pierre Hardy style is distinct, and combines elegance and geometry like no other brand. How would you describe your aesthetic?
– I try to find the balance between creativity and reality in pure lines, sculptural shapes and architectural volumes. I try to make it as clean and radical as possible, and try not to mix things together too much, avoiding useless details. Creations are always like a dream, and my dreams are often oriented into the future. My work is a mix of different focuses: scales, distortion, mechanics and structure on one hand, and femininity, modernity, fluidity, movement and sensuality on the other.
– To what degree do your architecture and dance backgrounds influence your shoe designs?
– Heels are the hardware of fashion. So in this sense they can be treated, as long as they can still play their anatomical function, as an architectural or sculptural objects. There is definitely a link between dance and shoes. It has enhanced my particular relationship to the body and allowed me to understand both how to constrain and how to literally transform it. The foot is the end and the basis of the body, at the same time.
– I know you have worked for Dior, Hermes and Balenciaga. How does that influence the freedom of artistic expression for a designer?
– Constrains feed my freedom. Working in a frame, for any name – you give it, reduces the options, but empowers the choices you have to make. Also, it is very pleasant to play a part, a role. It allows you to create another character that is a part of yourself, part of creation of yourself. It is very entertaining!
– What is luxury to you?
– Luxury should be the most subjective thinking notion. And it tends to become more and more of a trend. It should never be linked to money value or price.