During the the Spring 2010 shows in Paris, Loic Prigent, fashion documentary director extraordinaire teamed up with French TV personality Madamoiselle Agnes to fill a new documentary, Habillees, which chronicles the search for France's next big design talent. The entire piece is worth watching for the fashion alone, but there are some seriously great interactions with some of the industry's most iconic figures, making the work all the better.
For instance, when Mme. Agnes asked Pierre Berge, Yves Saint Laurent's former parter, who the next big French talent was, his response was a stark, "No one." Another great quotation is when Balenciaga's Nicholas Ghesquiere superciliously declares, "Wearing Balenciaga is a choice. The clothes aren't easy to wear. They're not meant to be easy to wear."
But the best quotation of all comes from our girl Anna, who earlier in the film rushes out of Rochas with a person flashlight holder to make sure she doesn't slip in her heels walk walking down the stairs. When Agnes asks Anna if she thinks it's important to support young designers, Anna takes the opportunity not only to stress the importance of young talent, but also to take a (sort of) subtle dig at her French counterpart and longtime rival, Carine Roitfeld:
I think it's totally important for all of us in the American fashion industry to support the young designers, and I think that's why New York's become such a vibrant fashion center, because people go there not only to see the Donna Karans of the world but a whole new generation. I'm just so sorry that there isn't something like that in Paris that's similar. I think that they should look for the younger generation here [in Paris] as well. Not only New York but London really supports their young talent; Franca Sozzani at Italian Vogue supports the young Italian designers, and I think when France is so known for its fashion industry — for them not to be reaching out to help younger people today is really a shame. [Agnes: "And there's space in your pages for them."] There's space in everybody's pages.
The entire film is really worth checking out, but take a peak at the clip above - fast forward to the 1:30 mark to see Anna rush out of Rochas, and the 5:25 mark to hear her -ahem- promote young French talent.