Oscar winner Juliette Binoche showed off designer Guillaume Henry’s stunning first look for Jean Patou during the Berlin Film Festival on Sunday (10Feb19).
The actress teamed with Henry to present the show-stopping light blue silk gown during the premiere of her film Who You Think I Am, which debuted at the annual event. The French beauty is also serving as the president of the festival’s jury.
The working relationship between the two came about due to Henry’s friendship with Binoche’s stylist, Jonathan Huguet.
“We did it even though we barely have a working atelier, so it’s our first official outing, but it’s a one-off,” he tells Women’s Wear Daily. “It was an opportunity to accompany Juliette in an important moment for her, to give Patou a new lease of life and to warm up for the relaunch of the brand. There hadn’t been a Patou dress since 1987,” he told WWD.
As the new owner of the Patou brand, the visionary’s collaboration with Binoche offers a glimpse of the direction he is taking the label in.
“This is a hint of where we’re heading with Patou,” Henry added. “It’s like a teaser, and I hope there will be several teasers before the presentation of our first collection.”
Though the dress shows off the brand’s exciting new vibe, its also inspired by the brand founder’s life as a fashion staple in the 20s and 30s.
“He was very close to Elsa Maxwell, who was influential in Hollywood, and he dressed almost all the era’s actresses, such as Jean Harlow and Louise Brooks,” Henry explained. “I was inspired by that very flattering 30s aesthetic for this first look for Juliette Binoche.”
And he reveals the bow on the back of Binoche’s dress was a big tribute to the late stylist.
“Patou was all about designing the back. That’s something I really like,” he shared. “The Jean Patou back says a lot about his aesthetic.”
Henry’s first Patou collection is expected to be unveiled as part of Paris Fashion Week in September (19).
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