Slightly sombre, but sexy and elegant at the same time. Harry Halim conquered the world of fashion with his dark romance and unusual cuts. He moved from Singapore to Paris in 2008. In 2010 he debuted as the first Indonesian designer at the Paris Fashion Week. Here he shares his tips.
Your autumn/winter 2015 collection was based on Bram Stoker’s Gothic novel “Dracula”. What are the must-have pieces? The Stoker collection shows a variety of blood colours: black, dark red and navy. Dark beauty and sensuality are recognizable characteristics in all of my designs. The seductive vision of Dracula, paired with a late-Victorian notion of the future, brings new vigour to the concept. Must-haves are the bomber jacket with cut out bat wings and the Cordelia tuxe. Harry Halim Which fashion trends have you noticed on the streets of Paris? I like stylish women, but aside from Fashion Week there are far too few of them. Most are dressed casually, which I find boring. But I don’t follow trends. It’s much more important to create your own trends that others will follow. You came to Paris almost eight years ago. How has fashion changed since then? There is an increasing number of concept boutiques, cafés and bars. Sadly, though, most people aren’t adventurous enough to wear something that differs from the norm. You’d look “different” or even be stared and laughed at. In Japan or Hong Kong people wear much more inspiring clothes. There it’s normal for someone to wear a catwalk piece in the street or on the metro. You studied photography and graphic design. Where do you enjoy art in Paris? The choice of galleries in Paris is vast. Recently I went to the Palais de Tokyo. Palais de Tokyo, 13 Avenue du Président Wilson If we want to show off a Harry Halim dress, which elegant restaurant should we go to? You don’t need an elegant restaurant to do that, but the best are L’Ambroisie and the Epicure at the Hotel Bristol. L’Ambroisie, 9 Place des Vosges Where is a new creative quarter developing in Paris? Where is the fashion scene moving to? To the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis in the 10th arrondissement. Hipsters are now hanging out where there used to be drug dealers and prostitutes. What are the places we simply have to visit on a shopping trip to Paris? For clothes, L’Eclaireur stores; for vintage, furniture the Marché aux puces. L’Eclaireur, 40 rue de Sévigné, Paris 03 Which place in Paris would you keep going back to? The Louvre Museum. With all its artworks, it’s still the biggest source of inspiration for me in the city. Every time I go, I find new art that inspires me. Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli