The Hyères Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories is one of those fashion events that, if you blink, you might miss. Happening totally off the fashion schedule, during a weekend in Hyères, South of France, the annual event has been curating some of the best of international emerging talent since 1985. Each year, jury headed by a big designer name (this year it was Natacha Ramsay-Levi of Chloé) chooses a winner. The list of the crowned talent from the past 33 editions includes people like Viktor & Rolf, Anthony Vaccarello and last year’s laureates Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh of Botter, who have since became the creative directors of Nina Ricci. What we’re trying to say here is that the Hyères winners are destined to do great things. This year’s winner of the fashion department is Austrian designer Christoph Rumpf, a 24-year-old with an architectural background and a great taste in fabrics. His winning collection was a poetic game of volume and texture, creating menswear silhouettes that were inspired by young royals and reminiscent of his early days of studying to become an architect. The fabrics used in the pieces were mostly found at flea markets, and refashioned into fine tailoring with a taste for camp. In addition to his main €20k prize, Rumpf will get an opportunity to show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in Berlin in July, just a cherry on top of the cake of continues support Mercedes-Benz offers to the festival and the designers taking part.
In celebrating of his big moment, we decided to take Rumpf through our 10 question test. Some important, others slightly less so – this is your introduction to the Austrian fashion star shining bright in the sky.
10 Magazine: What’s the first thing you did after winning at Hyères?
Christoph Rumpf: Thank a lot of people and go to the after party.
10: When did you know you wanted to be a fashion designer?
CR: I started loving fashion quite early but I never saw it as a possibility to get a job in this business. I started studying architecture and I was so bored of it that I put all my energy in my portfolio for university and eventually it worked out.
10: What was the first piece you ever designed?
CR: Well the first one I also realised was a patchwork bleached denim coat. I had no idea how to sew and how a pattern works, I just put the fabric on the floor and cut out the silhouette of a coat. I still love this coat.
10: Your collection was inspired by a story of a prince – do you have a favourite Disney royal?
CR: Mulan is my favourite Disney princess. And my favourite fictional character is Peter Pan.
10: If you had a song written about your life, what would the name be and who would sing it?
CR: Cher would sing it. The title is not relevant because Cher is singing it.
10: What’s the best thing about being from Austria?
CR: The countryside in winter and the quality of the food.
10: Reworking found objects and existing fabrics is part of your design process. What’s one thing in your possession you would never use to turn into a garment?
CR: There are two things in my possession which I wouldn’t touch: my flea market boots and my second hand black cashmere sweater. I wear them too often while working. They also almost fall apart.
10: If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
CR: Mashed potatoes with salmon and salad.
10: If you could design costumes for any superhero – which one would you choose?
CR: Rihanna… Hi Mel Ottenberg!
10: What can we expect from your first show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin?
CR: I just started sketching but definitely a new chapter of the story about the boy who grew up in the jungle.
by Dino Bonacic
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin will take place from July 2nd to 6th.
@theglasspunk (Christoph Rumpf)