The weather wasn’t good, so Stéphane Ashpool gave his audience a studio teaser rather than the full-fledged surround sound experience that’s in the works. The film focuses on the purpose of the collection – the treatment of leather, with various color palettes and textures. An all-white leather outfit kicks off the scene – a loose 80s-style jacket, the shoulder seam pushed towards the biceps, with a cinched waist and paired with minimalist trousers with pockets.
Projected on white looks, the patterns scroll, stimulated by easy jazz music – marbled patterns, water, striped surfaces. Then come the real textures, with close-ups of turquoise veins on a navy background or a lemon yellow dye rubbed on white leather. And finally, the clothes – soft jackets in patchwork hues of blue, each patch treated differently, and cargo pants with a camouflage effect, tinged with orange or blue.
“It was like working on paints – we treated each leather differently,” said Ashpool, speaking on the phone, noting that he had hand patinated, painted leather, let it dry, added more coats to a crackle effect and used aerosols.
But leather was not the only material. Ashpool is working with Dutch electric bike specialist Van Moof and has added another partnership, Danish speaker company Soundboks.
“We have worked with paint on bikes, audio systems, speakers and clothing – a very wide range of applications. Fun but a lot of work, ”he remarked.
The speakers appear in the film, in shades of metallic blue, purple and lime, serving as the backdrop for a man working a turntable in his lap. He was dressed new – Pigalle’s aesthetic is very high – in a cool collarless leather shirt that broke down the front and matching loose pants.
Smooth and sultry leather outfits, hot wheels and shiny speakers, what’s left to do? Hit the city, Amsterdam and London too, and the French countryside. The film ends with a message: “Let the ride begin. “