PLTFRM: Exploring Paris With Converse All Star Marie Prevot

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We set out to explore Paris with Converse All Star Marie Prevot (IG) and dive into the local scene and her inspirations drawn from the city.

Which Paris-based cultural figure transcends fashion? Someone you think is singular in the way they use fashion as a means of expression… 

I immediately think of Glenn Martens when it comes to strong and creative artistic direction. I’m truly captivated by his work. In the realm of younger and highly influential individuals, Lara Violetta, who is a friend of a friend of mine, comes to mind. A German Paris based YouTuber with a unique style that combines a girly kawaii aesthetic with edgy vintage brands.

Tell us about some of the other creatives in your circle of friends and what you do in Paris to have fun and relax after a hard working week? 

I have a wonderful circle of friends who work in various departments of the fashion industry, including development, press, marketing, sales, and some who are photographers and graphic designers. Each of them has been a great source of inspiration for me, and I have a deep appreciation for their talents and creativity.  During the week, I engage in several sports activities like yoga, pilates, and HIIT. These activities help me disconnect from work and maintain a healthy balance in my life. When the weekend finally arrives, I cherish spending time in my apartment, which I consider my safe haven. I enjoy relaxing by doing some Sudoku or simply organizing stuff. Additionally, I have a passion for exploring the vibrant art scene in town, visiting exhibitions, and discovering new galleries and design spaces like Le Corbusier, Atelier Brancusi, Carpenters Workshop, and Maison de Verre. 

What is your favourite part of living in Paris? 

Sharing meals and drinks during the week with my boyfriend and friends is another cherished pastime. I love exploring and trying out restaurants I’ve discovered or those that have been recommended to me. Making time for genuine connections and nurturing relationships is something I truly value. I have a strong desire to discover new places every single day. 

Where are some of your favourite places to eat and drink with friends in Paris? 

One of my favourite Italian restaurants in Paris is Mulino Mule, a charming Sicilian eatery located in the 10th arrondissement. It’s small and intimate, creating a convivial atmosphere that I adore. Another delightful spot I enjoy taking friends to is Pantobaguette, situated in the 18th arrondissement. Here, you can savour shared plates, indulge in natural wines, and groove to some music. The experience is not only delicious but also very enjoyable.  For those craving a top-notch burger in town, I highly recommend Le Ruisseau, also located in the 18th arrondissement.  Recently, I discovered a new gem called Buttes Snack Bar, nestled in the 19th arrondissement. I was particularly impressed by the ambiance and the delectable food they offer. 

You’re a Paris-based designer. In what ways has the cosmopolitan feel of the city impacted your work? 

As a designer based in Paris, the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city has profoundly influenced my work. To stay current and inspired, I’ve made it a priority to follow a diverse range of creatives, including photographers, designers, set designers, stylists, and various media outlets. This commitment to staying informed allows me to keep up with the latest developments in the dynamic Parisian creative scene. I believe that continuous searching and keeping one’s eyes and ears open are essential for personal and professional growth. It’s all about constant self-development. 

Are there any other Paris-based artist/creatives we should be keeping an eye out for? 

A notable figure in the fashion industry is Lola Clabots, a Belgian freelance PR specialist who is based in Paris. Lola possesses expertise in nurturing and promoting emerging designers, and her passion for her work is unmistakable. She is definitely a figure to keep an eye on as she is poised to make a significant impact in the industry. 

How would you define your personal style? 

For me, it’s all about the silhouette and attention to detailing; these elements elevate clothing pieces. I prefer a simpler colour palette because it places a stronger emphasis on the quality of cuts, materials, and fit. It’s the craftsmanship that truly draws me in and defines my wardrobe. I used to exclusively wear black for many years. While the pandemic didn’t bring a dramatic shift in my style, it did reaffirm my fashion philosophy. It made me more conscious of the brands I choose to wear, and I now delve deeper into their ethos and their approach to sustainability. This consideration still guides me when I add new pieces to my wardrobe. I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to add more to my collection. 

Do you have a favourite pair of Converse in your collection? 

A good basic : Chuck Taylor ‘70s in black 

What are you listening to the most at the moment? Which artists have been in your regular rotation for you this year? 

Well, I’ve been absolutely hooked on ‘RIOT’ by A$AP Rocky and Pharrell. I find myself hitting the repeat button quite often! I’ve also been diving into Travis Scott’s new album, ‘God’s Country,’ and tracks like ‘I Know.’ ‘Search & Rescue’ by Drake has also been on my playlist. As for my regular rotation throughout the year, it’s quite diverse. I’ve been enjoying the sounds of JUL, Laylow, SCH, Jimmy Whoo, Kaytranada, James Blake, Marvin Gaye, Kendrick Lamar, Hamza, and Jay-Z.  My deep love for R&B and Hip-Hop runs deep, as I was a Hiphop dancer for 10 years starting when I was just 10 years old. So, these artists have a special place in my heart year-round: Missy Elliott, Eminem, Mac Miller, Lauryn Hill, Outkast, Mos Def, Kid Cudi, Warren G, RUN DMC, and the list goes on! It’s a pretty extensive lineup! 

What made you decide to be a Converse All Star? 

It was a complete surprise when I was approached by a friend of a close friend. He explained the project to me during a birthday celebration, and I found myself deeply interested in all the future events and opportunities it held. Subsequently, I received an invitation to the Converse Showroom to delve further into the proposal. I believe this opportunity is a means for me to expand my horizons and develop myself through valuable connections and engaging projects in the realms of music, art, and fashion—subjects that I hold close to my heart. 

How did you venture into the world of fashion and design? 

I hail from Avignon, a picturesque city in the south of France. Ever since I was a child, I had a deep passion for exploring flea markets and vintage stores in search of unique and intriguing pieces. My family couldn’t quite understand my tastes at the time, as they differed from their own. After completing my scientific baccalaureate, I decided to take a year to explore my interests in applied arts. It was during this time that I was introduced to the captivating worlds of art and design. I fell head over heels in love with them. The following year, I made my way to Paris, where I continued my journey in pursuit of my creative passions. 

How did you find your time studying at the Institut Français de la Mode? Would you recommend a similar path to others to enter the fashion industry? 

When I embarked on my creative journey, I enrolled at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. However, during my third year, an exciting development occurred as they merged with IFM (Institut Français de la Mode). This merger presented me with the opportunity to be part of the new program and experience the new location in the 13th arrondissement. I completed a Bachelor’s degree in just three years, which was an intense but incredibly rewarding experience. At the outset, I had limited experience in drawing and sewing, so I had to put in extra effort to attain the necessary technical skills. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone interested in the fashion industry. It provides a structured framework and the chance to explore various disciplines. It encourages you to push your limits and, at the end of it all, you can take pride in your accomplishments. 

Who are your core influences within the fashion world? 

Many individuals inspire me, but the era that truly influences my style is the ’90s. Fashion visionaries like Phoebe Philo, Miuccia Prada, Raf Simons, Rei Kawakubo, and Issey Miyake have left an indelible mark on my creative sensibilities. When it comes to fashion icons, I’m particularly drawn to Amber Valletta, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Beri Smither. 

As a fashion designer, where do you go to source your inspiration and formulate visual stories? What are your reference points? 

I’m deeply passionate about contemporary art, design, and architecture, and I find that vintage clothing serves as a rich source of inspiration for me. It’s not just about fashion; it’s a lifestyle and a mood. Every aspect of life informs my artistic personality, but I’m particularly captivated by modernism and the distinctive shapes that emerged from the ’70s to the ’90s. In the realm of photography, some of the notable artists who inspire me include Mark Borthwick, Juergen Teller, Peter Lindbergh, Irving Penn, and Tyrone Lebon. When it comes to design, art, and furniture, I draw inspiration from the works of Pierre Paulin, Eero Saarinen, Jean Prouvé, Le Corbusier, David Hockney, and Alberto Giacometti. 

What themes or narratives run through your work? What do you seek to interrogate with your design and art? 

I’m very picky, I focus on details. Shapes, fabrics, seams. I’m always looking for a common thread. My themes are always guided by the Mediterranean. 

What’s your preferred medium of creating and shooting? 

I have a deep appreciation for both aspects of the creative process. When you embark on a project, you begin with the envisioning of an idea, a small spark in your mind. As you work towards bringing it to fruition, it’s akin to giving birth to a baby; the idea is born and comes to life when you’re ready to capture it through photography or any other medium 

What is the work you’re most proud of? 

I launched my own brand, ISRA, following the pandemic. Originally, it began as my end-of-year bachelor’s project, but I soon realized that it had the potential to become a more significant and deeply personal endeavour.  The inspiration for the ISRA collection stems from a family figure – my grandfather. He was a painter born in Kenitra, Morocco, in 1939. The collection draws its essence from objects that belonged to him. The technicality and intricacy of these objects have been artfully transcribed into the pieces of this collection. Through these creations, I aimed to offer a genuine journey through time and diverse places. The core objective behind the collection was to blur the lines between accessories and clothing, creating a seamless fusion. The floral-patterned shirt stands out as the emblematic piece of this collection. Its print is a direct reference to the flower that adorned one of my grandfather’s favorite shirts, as well as featured prominently in his paintings. 

Is there a defining quote, affirmation or mantra you live by? 

Don’t be late – never give up – go out and finds motivation – one step at a time – stay focused, stay positive. 

Where can we see you next? Do you have any upcoming personal projects planned for the future? 

I’ll be continuing my work on ISRA on the side. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find me at a new fashion house in the future! 

Photography: Marc Alexander Shelly

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