02.07.2019 Interview

Interview with Showslot Winner Lou de Bètoly Interview with Showslot Winner Lou de Bètoly

We met up with the designer Lou de Bètoly. In our interview, she tells us what we can expect from her show this season.
© Julien Cott
© Julien Cott

Lou de Bètoly is known for her playful designs and creativity. We met up with the designer in her creative studio before the fashion week started. In our short interview, she spoke to us about her new collection, diversity, the past seasons and her forseeable future.

Congratulations, you are the winner of one of the MBFW showslots, promoted by the initiative of Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises / Projekt Zukunft. What can we expect to see at your show?

Some decadence, sophistication, rococo and a lot of details….

What was the story behind the bouncy castle last season?

There is not a real story. We just wanted to find a way to make the place, which was very beautiful, more playful. I don’t think you have to give clear messages to the people. I think it’s also nice if people have to think for themselves if there is a message or not.

By seeing your shows, it is evident that diversity seems to be an important topic to you.

Last time, we really wanted to have a mix of interesting faces and characters. Our aim was to find faces who represent the typical Lou de Bètoly woman. The last casting was fun because of the wide range of ages. Some people told me they found it unusual to see an older woman dressed in transparent clothes or with short skirts. To be honest, I didn’t think was that provocative, but it’s true that it’s not something you see on a daily basis.

Is it important to you to send out a message to people or is your fashion solely about living your personal creativity?

I think it’s both. I think my work is very personal. But of course, there are a lot of hidden messages. However, I’m not a politician and don’t need to write everything down for my next campaign.

How important is it for you to be a part of Berlin Fashion Week?

It's a pleasure to prepare a show and present my collection. This is what my focus is on at the moment.

What are your plans for the near future?

To be honest, I try not to plan too much because I simply can’t. Until now, I really just took everything step by step. Of course, it can be stressful but I accept the challenges.