Et Alors? Magazine - Issue 04
Et Alors? Magazine is the first glossy Gay, Drag & GenderBending style magazine with a cultural approach on diversity, created and published by Fleur Pierets and her dragking wife Julian P. Boom. Homebased in Antwerp and Amsterdam but travelling the world to give you a devastatingly positive, female pink shaded view on the LGBT scene. They publish interviews with artists, musicians, designers and photographers who are just that tiny bit more edgy. Who excel in variousness. Et Alors? Magazine fills the gap between a cultural publication, a trendy style magazine and a humanitarian mission.
PIERRE GARROUDI QUESTIONS FLEUR PIERETS PHOTOS DARREN BRADE IN 20 QUESTIONS His intricate designs merge the lines between art & fashion and have been worn by some of the world’s biggest style icons from Naomi Campbell to Kate Moss, Scarlet Johansson and Sarah Jessica Parker. He walks the streets of London with his flashmobs and has the tendency to approach his fabrics with the eye of a scientist. Your résumé reads like a travel trip. I was born in Iran, lived in Paris for 5 years, 2 years in Lyon, then Shanghai. In Manhattan I ran a Garroudi shop/gallery and stayed there for 14 years. After inhabiting Boca Raton for another year I made my way to London. How does such a journey influence a person? I’m a sponge. I try to absorb everything. Having a multicultural background gives me wisdom and inspiration. Knowledge is like light, it opens your eyes to the world. Why did you end up in London? London is magical. You should see how the people dress up when they go out. It’s a vessel of inspiration. When did your carreer start? I studied in Paris, while working as a hairdresser in my spare time. I moved to New York in 1986. There I joined the Fashion Institute of Technology after working at various retail and design houses. I started my own label in 1993. Why fashion? I think fashion is a way of expressing yourself and showing your beliefs and identity because clothes can tell you a lot about a person. What’s your message? It’s about being passionate, I believe whatever you put out you get back. My collections are expressions of my own experiences. It’s like looking into a mirror. Let’s talk technical; you manipulate all your fabric? Yes. You can’t buy any of my fabric because it doesn’t exist. I love to look at it with the eye of a scientist. The multi-layered matte and sheen silks become second skin to the wearer. Some call it pioneering fabric-folding work. It’s all done by hand, which creates an origami effect. I guess it’s quite unique, yes. I believe fabric manipulation it the next evolution in fashion. 064 ET ALORS?